The 2nd Specialized Police Station for the Repression of Infractions of Minor Offensive Potential (DEIMPO – Palmas) released this Friday, the 2nd, the balance of actions carried out throughout the year 2023.
Among the highlights are the operations “Tá no Grale” and “Ostentação”, which investigated misdemeanor gambling, unauthorized lottery and money laundering. The two operations resulted in the freezing of accounts worth almost R$1 million in cash and the seizure of several luxury cars valued at almost R$2.5 million.
In addition, around 300 detailed terms of occurrence (TCO) were sent to the Judiciary, among which 89 procedures were only for the crime of threat, as well as several procedures for terms of retraction, which occurs when victims are summoned and give up their continue with the task.
The Public Security Secretariat emphasizes that the assets and money, after the conviction, may be incorporated into the Fund for the Modernization of the Civil Police of the State of Tocantins (FUMPOL) for the acquisition of equipment, training of police officers, among other possibilities.
Repression of digital raffles
In 2023, the 2nd DEIMPO acted strongly in the repression of the contraventional type entitled ‘unauthorized lottery’, provided for in art. 51 of the Criminal Misdemeanors Law. Most of these misdemeanors were committed by digital influencers who used a large number of followers to carry out “digital raffles”.
In February, a digital influencer was indicted for selling raffle tickets through social media. In one of the unauthorized raffle sales, the person under investigation raised R$129,000 in just a few days.
In March, the 1st Police Station of Palmas and the 2nd DEIMPO launched Operation Ta no Grale, which investigated the million-dollar movement of amounts obtained illegally through “Digital Raffles” and resulted in the indictment and denunciation of three digital influencers, who used the social networks to carry out draws not authorized by the competent bodies. The investigation showed that the three investigated illicitly raised R$4,581,316.54 and purchased several luxury vehicles with the money from criminal activity.
In the same month, two other influencers were indicted for also illegally raffling off cars, motorcycles and cell phones. Over a period of almost a month, the two investigated raised around R$100,000.
In August, the Civil Police indicted three digital influencers, who raised around R$500,000 through illegal draws on social media.
In November, the 4th Palmas Police Station concluded the investigation initiated by the 2nd DEIMPO and launched Operation Ostentação, resulting in the indictment of four people for the practice of digital raffles, including a digital influencer. According to investigations, the influencer received over R$695 thousand as profit from these illicit activities, of which at least R$397.8 thousand was subjected to money laundering. At the influencer’s residence, R$14,000 in cash were found, an Audi RS3 car valued at R$144,000, a jet ski, two iPhone 14 Pro Max smartphones and watches, which added to the amounts found in the bank accounts of the investigated person, amount to of R$692,237.47.
If citizens wish to report this type of illegal trade, the Civil Police advises them to contact the 2nd Police Station Specialized in Combating Minor Offensive Potential Crimes (2nd Deimpo) of Palmas, via telephone (63) 3571-8266.