Fátima Felgueiras

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Fátima Felgueiras
Mayor of Felgueiras
In office
October 1995 – 28 October 2009
Preceded by Júlio Faria
Succeeded by Inácio Ribeiro
Personal details
Born Maria de Fátima da Cunha Felgueiras Almeida
(1954-04-21) 21 April 1954 (age 63)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Political party Independent
Other political
Socialist Party (until 2003)
Children Sandra Felgueiras
Alma mater University of Coimbra

Maria de Fátima da Cunha Felgueiras Almeida (born April 21, 1954 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Portuguese politician. She is most known as former mayor of the Felgueiras municipality, in northern Portugal.

Personal life[edit]

Fátima Felgueiras was born in Rio de Janeiro, then capital city of Brazil, from Portuguese parents. When she was 4 years old, the family returned to Portugal and settled in Felgueiras, northern Portugal. She studied in a secondary school of Guimarães and earned a degree in Germanic Philology from the University of Coimbra. Involved in local politics, Fátima Felgueiras took over as mayor of Felgueiras in 1995. Fátima Felgueiras has a daughter, Sandra Felgueiras, who is a well-known television reporter and journalist of RTP public service television network.

Corruption allegations[edit]

She was placed under investigation after a series of anonymous letters addressed to Cunha Rodrigues at the public prosecutor's office. The police inquiry produced more than 120 volumes. The mayor of Felgueiras, Fátima Felgueiras, hurried through the streets of the small northwestern Portuguese city in the early afternoon of May 5, 2003. She was late for a funeral. But before she arrived at the cemetery, she took a phone call, returned home—and disappeared. The then 49-year-old fugitive has been charged with 30 counts of corruption, embezzlement, prevarication and abuse of power and was suspected of managing a US$1 million "saco azul" (blue bag) to pay for her own electoral propaganda, Socialist Party office rent and phone bills, her new Audi, among others. Felgueiras faced a possible 25-year sentence, according to the Guimarães Appeals Court (Tribunal da Relação de Guimarães). Seventeen other Town Hall employees and private entrepreneurs were involved in the scandal. Police sources said the mayor escaped to Rio de Janeiro (through Madrid and São Paulo) just before authorities received the warrant issued by the court. After several months in Brazil, and being the owner of a Brazilian passport, Fátima Felgueiras returned home to be arrested and released in less than 24 hours. She was re-elected for the Felgueiras Town Hall in October 2005, as an independent.[1]

The trial was set to start in February 2007 but the case didn't produce any effect so far.