News Release
For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Brazilian Citizen Sentenced to Federal Prison for Operating Illegal Money Remitting Business

MAR 12 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NILANDER DeOLIVIERA, 30, a citizen of Brazil last residing in Shelton, was sentenced today to 22 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a multimillion dollar illegal money remitting scheme.  On October 15, 2008, DeOLIVIERA pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal money remitting business.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, DeOLIVIERA has admitted that he wire transferred more than $2.5 million through his business, BrazUSA Enterprises LLC, of Bridgeport, from bank accounts in his name on behalf of Brazilian immigrants.  DeOLIVIERA’s business was not licensed under Connecticut law to operate a money transmitting business.

A money transmitting business is any person or business that receives money from a customer and then, for a fee paid by the customer, transmits that money to a recipient in a place that the customer designates, usually a foreign country.

DeOLIVIERA, who has been detained since March 18, 2008, faces deportation following service of his term of imprisonment.

This case was  investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration.