EDITOR’S NOTE: On Sept. 4, a PP Blog reader who understands Portuguese posted a link to a Globo.com story that confirms from a medical source that Carlos Costa suffered a heart attack on Sept. 2 and is being treated at Meridional Hospital in Cariacica in the state of Espírito Santo. Here is a link in Portuguese to that story.
The PP Blog’s earlier story is below . . .
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1st Update 11:46 p.m. (Sept. 2) EDT U.S.A. There are reports that Brazil-based TelexFree figure and candidate for political office Carlos Costa suffered a heart attack and was taken to a hospital today.
The PP Blog cannot independently confirm the reports, but has observed a video of Costa in what appears to be a hospital room.
Costa gives the “thumbs up” sign in the video, which is accessible via Facebook. At the time of this PP Blog post, the Facebook post showing Costa in a hospital room reads, “6 hours ago.” The video lasts 13 seconds, and shows Costa speaking while clad in a green gown.
If our reading of the situation is correct, Costa’s campaign is advising his followers that the candidate will be off the campaign trail at least until Sept. 8.
TelexFree is alleged in the United States to be a Ponzi- and pyramid scheme that gathered more than $1.2 billion. Federal police in Brazil conducted TelexFree-related raids in July.
Some TelexFree affiliates in the United States have accused Costa of racketeering.