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São Paulo's Carnival mob-starter identified


Members of the Império da Casa Verde samba school move their floats portraying white tigers to the starting position at the Sambódromo two days before the Samba Carnival in São Paulo, Brazil, on February 15, 2012.


Yasuyoshi Chiba

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — The man who started a mob during the revelation of São Paulo's Carnival competition results has been identified as Tiago Tadeu Ciro Faria, 29, reported Brazilian news site Bem Paraná.

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According to Brazilian news site Terra, Faria is a member of the board of directors of Império da Casa Verde samba school. He is being charged with suppressing documents and damaging public property, along with 20-year-old Gaviões da Fiel reveller Cauê Ferreira.

This isn't the first time Faria has had a run-in with the law, reported Terra. In 2001, he was charged with stealing from bank machines and forming a gang.