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Woman takes her dead uncle to the bank, then tries to take out a loan

By T.K. Randall
April 18, 2024 · Comment icon 8 comments
Brazil Money.
Suffice to say, being alive helps. Image Credit: Pixabay / PublicDomainPictures
A woman in Brazil has been arrested after attempting to commit a bizarre and disturbing type of fraud.
The peculiar incident, which took place in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, saw Erika de Souza Vieira arrive at a bank branch while pushing an elderly (and seemingly quite unwell) man in a wheelchair.

Almost immediately, staff at the bank realized that something wasn't quite right.

"I don't think he's well. He doesn't look well at all," one employee said.

"That's just what he's like," Vieira replied.

It turned out that the man was in fact her uncle and she had taken him along to the bank to sign off on a loan worth around $3,250.

This was easier said than done, however, as he was unable to hold the pen properly to sign his name.
Even more problematic still was the unavoidable fact that he was dead.

It wasn't long before Vieira had been arrested and charged with both violating a corpse and fraud.

"She knew he was dead... he had been dead for at least two hours," said investigating officer Fabio Luiz Souza. "I have never come across a story like this in 22 years [as a cop]."

Vieira's lawyer, meanwhile, has disputed the police's take on the case by insisting that the uncle had in fact been very much alive at the time he had been wheeled into the bank.

As things stand, the case remains under investigation.

It is not even clear whether or not Vieira really is the deceased man's niece.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 month ago
The metaphors...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Scholar4Truth 1 month ago
Sounds like a Weekend at Bernie's type of thing. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Alchopwn 1 month ago
She tried to stiff the bank.
Comment icon #4 Posted by fred_mc 1 month ago
When it happens in a movie it is funny. When it happens in real life like this it is just unpleasant and sad I think.
Comment icon #5 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 1 month ago
Weekend at de Souza's
Comment icon #6 Posted by Kilo26 30 days ago
I gotta meet this woman.
Comment icon #7 Posted by The man in the tan jacket 27 days ago
Odd puppet
Comment icon #8 Posted by nandobardo 25 days ago
Here in Brazil! In my city

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