São Paulo Mayoralty Candidate Accused of R$7.2 Million Lease Payment Default

The deputy owned a trendy bar in Brasília, failed to pay rent and argues that his signature on the contract was forged.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Federal Deputy Celso Russomanno, candidate for Mayor of São Paulo, had his accounts blocked at four banks, a building seized, and his cars listed in a judicial record of restriction for sale - the result of a collection action that is currently before the courts. The deputy is accused of holding debts to a company that rented him a building where 'Bar do Alemão' operated in Brasília. Russomanno was the establishment's owner and manager.

Attorney André da Mata, who represents the leasing company, says that the deputy occupied the building between February 2015 . . .

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