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Brazilian police have arrested a woman suspected of taking a dead man to a bank to collect a loan

Brazilian police have arrested a woman suspected of taking a dead man to a bank to collect a loan

(CNN) — Police have arrested a woman suspected of taking a dead woman to a bank claiming to be her uncle to recover a four-figure loan in Brazil.

Photos of the woman's encounter with the bank went viral on social media and sparked a national debate in Brazil. Among them is a woman in the window of a branch of Banco Ita├║ in Rio de Janeiro, holding the head of an old man in a wheelchair, trying to grasp a pen with his hand.

According to the police, the woman tried to claim a loan equivalent to US$3,000, which had already been approved by the bank but still required the signature of the elderly man.

However, the old man in the video recorded by a bank employee did not react. His hand goes limp and his head keeps dropping as she speaks to him.

“Dude, are you listening to me?” “You have to sign. If you don't sign, there's no way. I can't sign for you, you have to do it. What I can do, I do.”

“I'll have to go to the civil registry and sign so I don't have any more headaches. I can't take it anymore,” the woman continues.

At that point, one of the bank employees says: “I think he's not well,” and the second employee agrees.

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Images of the incident have sparked a national debate in Brazil. This image was blurred by CNN. (Given to Police by Ita)

Fabio Luis Sosa, head of Rio de Janeiro's civil police, said bank employees decided to call an ambulance. When paramedics arrived, they determined that the man had been dead for two hours and should have been dead on arrival at the bank.

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Police said they are still trying to establish the relationship between the woman and the dead man.

CNN affiliate CNN Brazil said the family's lawyer disputed the version given by police, adding that “the events did not happen as described; the man arrived at the bank alive; and the woman was completely shocked.” and medicine.”

Officials say they are investigating the case, but have not filed a charge sheet.