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New footage shows woman who used dead uncle to ‘sign’ bank loan arriving by taxi — with driver helping move the body

It should have been a dead giveaway.

The Brazilian woman who took her dead uncle into a bank to sign a loan in her name arrived there by taxi — with video even showing the driver helping her move the corpse from his car.

Érika de Souza Vieira Nunes was arrested Tuesday after taking the body of her 68-year-old uncle, Paulo Roberto Braga, into a bank and then moving his hand to sign a key document to get her a $3,400 loan.

Newly emerged video now shows Nunes — who reportedly told cops that she didn’t know her uncle was dead — arriving at the bank by taxi, with her motionless uncle in the front passenger seat next to the rideshare driver.

Surveillance video shows Érika de Souza Vieira Nunes in a parking lot of a Rio de Janeiro bank after bringing her dead uncle by rideshare cab to sign financial documents. Jam Press Vid
Paulo Roberto Braga, 68, appears to be deceased after being removed from the passenger seat and placed in his wheelchair. Jam Press Vid

The footage, which has no sound, shows Nunes placing a wheelchair outside the car door and reaching inside to grab her late uncle.

The driver then helps her pull him out and into the wheelchair, where the uncle slumps with his head tilted to the right.

At one point, a man walks by and does a double-take. He turns around and appears to speak with Nunes while motioning to Braga, but then continues on his way.

A passerby stopped to talk to Nunes after apparently noticing that Braga did not look right. Jam Press Vid

Nunes then wheels Braga into an elevator, before another CCTV camera captures her making her away along a hallway.

Another video, taken the day before, showed Nunes bringing the visibly alive Braga to an emergency room.

Nunes insisted she did know her relative was dead when she took him to the bank to sign documents that would have allowed her to take out a $3,400 loan.

Braga’s autopsy found that he died between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm local time Tuesday, with his cause of death being determined as respiratory aspiration of stomach contents and heart failure.

Police Chief Fábio Luis said the way the man’s blood had pooled within his vessels suggests that Braga did not die seated but rather lying down.

Nunes was caught on video trying to get her dead uncle to sign a $3,400 loan at a bank.
Nunes later claimed she didn’t know Braga was dead while they were at the bank.
An autopsy found Braga had died from a heart failure and aspiration of his stomach contents.

Braga’s toxicology tests are still pending.

Nunes is now facing charges of theft by way of fraud and desecration of a corpse.

Her attorney claimed that Nunes suffers from mental health issues and might have experienced a mental breakdown.

“Érika undergoes psychological treatment and takes prescribed medications,” lawyer Ana Carla de Souza Correa said.

“I believe she was having a breakdown at that moment because of the medications. She appeared visibly disturbed.”

Nunes has been arrested on charges of theft by way of fraud and desecration of a corpse. Jam Press

In a viral video recorded by a bank employee Tuesday and first aired by TV Globo, Brazil’s largest broadcaster, Nunes was seen talking to the dead man and lifting his drooping head.

“Uncle, are you listening? You need to sign [the loan contract]. If you don’t sign, there’s no way, because I can’t sign for you,” Nunes says in the clip, while thrusting a pen between his limp fingers.

“Sign so you don’t give me any more headaches, I can’t take it anymore,” she adds.

When a bank staffer notes that Braga’s color looks off and he appears unwell, Nunes replies.

“He is like that. He doesn’t say anything.”