October 17, 2020
Greetings fellow Bizarros:
Graft and corruption are not an American invention. Politicians the world over are suckers for the easy money their offices can provide for them. But at least in America our corrupt politicians (or 'politicians' as they're called) are a little more discreet about their graft than they are in Brazil. One Brazilian senator was caught stealing, literally with his pants down.
Brazilian senator Jair Bolsonaro was caught hiding money in his underwear during a police investigation into the diversion of public funds for fighting the coronavirus, local media reported.
Federal officers raided the home of Chico Rodrigues in the northern state of Roraima as part of a corruption probe.
They found 30,000 reales ($5,300) in cash, part of which was discovered in Rodrigues's underwear, including "between his buttocks," said sources from the investigation.
The federal police confirmed they were trying to dismantle a "possible criminal scheme diverting public funds" set aside to combat the outbreak in Roraima state.
Rodrigues meanwhile issued a statement saying the police "did their job carrying out a search as part of an investigation in which I'm cited," although he made no mention of the cash nor where it was allegedly found.
He complained that he'd had his "home invaded just for doing my job as a legislator" and insisted he had done nothing wrong.
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