A 42-year-old Brazilian woman was recently arrested for allegedly bringing a dead man to a bank and trying to obtain a bank loan in his name.


On April 16, Erika de Souza Vieira Nunes arrived at an Itau Unibanco branch in Bangu, Rio de Janeiro to assist 68-year-old Paulo Roberto Braga in obtaining a bank loan of R$17,000 ($3,200). The elderly man was in a wheelchair and she claimed to be his niece and primary caretaker. Bank employees soon noticed that there was something seriously wrong with Braga, as his alleged niece had to support his head with her hand. He literally showed no signs of life, but Vieira Nunes allegedly kept telling the staff that he was just quiet by nature. She even tried speaking to him although it was obvious he couldn’t answer.

“Uncle, are you listening? You need to sign. If you don’t sign it, there’s no way,” witnesses heard Erika de Souza Vieira Nunes telling the wheelchair-bound man. “I can’t sign for you, what I can do I’ll do. Sign here, same as the document. Sign so you don’t give me any more headaches.”

At one point, one of the bank tellers can be heard saying “I don’t think he is well,” while another begins to record the bizarre scene. Vieira Nunes continues to claim that her “uncle” is just a little quiet, but by this stage, bank employees had already called emergency services and the police.