The publication was made in the late afternoon of Tuesday (30). Hours later, on Wednesday morning (31), Almir was arrested. He is investigated for defrauding purchases of respirators for the treatment of Covid-19 in Guarujá, also on the coast of São Paulo. According to the PF, a part of the fortune was diverted to try to boost his musical career.
PF de Santos arrests Almir Matias in an operation against fraud in the purchase of respirators for Covid-19 — Photo: Personal archive
Mattias’ arrest during the Operation Pure Airwhich investigates the acquisition of respirators defrauded with Union money.
This Wednesday (31), the police carried out search, seizure and arrest warrants in the city of São Paulo. According to the PF, Mattias was taken to the agency’s headquarters in Santos and indicted for various crimes, such as active corruption, criminal organization and money laundering.
PF arrests Almir Matias in operation against fraud in the purchase of respirators for Covid-19
Almir Mattias would have diverted 70% of the amount he received to manage the public health services of the City of Guarujá. Among the R$ 153 million paid to invest in the area, he received R$ 109 million. In addition to the portion to boost his own musical career, another part of the money would have gone to companies linked to the singer, such as a beauty salon.
The Federal Police suspect that the criminal organization was led by Mayor Valter Suman and First Lady Edna Suman. In addition, the Secretary of Education, Marcelo Nicolau, would work as an operator of the organization’s transactions.
PF de Santos arrests Almir Matias in an operation against fraud in the purchase of respirators for Covid-19 – Photo: Disclosure / Federal Police
In an interview with Fantástico, the mayor denied being close to Almir Mattias, however, there are records of messages exchanged with the first lady, Edna Suman, asking her to get R$50,000 from Almir. According to investigations, this action is a bribe. Mayor Valter Suman was even arrested. Currently, he responds in freedom.
O g1 until the publication of this report, he was unable to locate Almir Matias’ lawyer.
PF arrests Almir Mattias in operation against fraud in the purchase of respirators for the treatment of Covid-19 – Photo: Personal archive