According to journalist Rubens Lemos Filho, columnist for TRIBUNA DO NORTE and the program “Bate Pronto”, on Jovem Pan News Natal, the Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Norte discovered where a fundamental character is involved in the manipulation of results by the mafia of illegal betting. Her name is Maria Damaria Aguiar de Souza, who emerged as an “investor” in Globo de Ceará-Mirim and had her presence in Florianópolis (SC). The Public Prosecutor’s Office’s next step will be to notify her to prosecute her and, given the evidence collected since 2021, request her arrest.
The information was published by Rubens Lemos in his column this Friday (2). The journalist titled the activities of the sports betting mafia as “The Crime Franchise”. Originally from Acre, Maria Damária was immediately placed on the radar of national prosecutors investigating the mafia, like Luiz Eduardo Marinho in Rio Grande do Norte.
The objective is to locate her to respond to allegations of an arrangement in Globo’s results, where she arrived in 2021 as a “partner” of the club and ended up as a suspect for the alleged buying and selling of results based on bribing players to deliver defeats.
Maria Damária, according to Rubens’ investigation, is just a small part of the sinister mechanism. There are three cases, one is hers, being dissected by Luiz Eduardo and his investigation team.
The Public Ministry also tightens its grip on Globo and Força e Luz, teams that lost in two of the biggest defeats in this year’s Potiguar Championship. The first lost, last Monday (29), to América by a score of 7-0. The electric team lost 6-0 to ABC, on January 17, at Frasqueirão.
The participation of Globo and Força e Luz is a priority in the collection of evidence by the MP. Another game in the spotlight took place in the second division last year. Parnamirim scored 7×3 against Riachuelo.
The suspects usually, according to investigations, disappear after matches with high results. They are replaced, start to operate in other locations or strategically disappear to outwit the promoters, who have had the support of the Federation. The CBF contacts the championship organizer and everything is immediately passed on to promoter Luiz Eduardo Marinho.