Mayor Wanted For Running Her Town Via WhatsApp

BBC reports 25-year-old Lidiane Leite, mayor of Brazilian town Bom Jardim, is on the run from law enforcement after it was discovered that she didn’t actually live in Bom Jardim and was running the town via WhatsApp.

Leite ran for office in 2012 in the small town after her then-boyfriend Beto Rocha was banned from running due to corruption charges against him. She stepped in to run for mayor in his place, and when she won, she appointed Rocha as her advisor, though the two broke up earlier this year.

Prosecutors then discovered that she was living 170 miles away from Bom Jardim in the town of Maranhao and that the only contact she had with the people in Bom Jardim was when she used WhatsApp to contact her Cabinet members. The BBC reports that Leite is also being investigated for misappropriating the equivalent of around $4 million in state education funds.

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