HOUSTON - An international businessman and his wife have been arrested and
charged with conspiracy and international parental kidnapping, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Carlos Otavio Guimaraes, 67, and Jemima Guimaraes, 65,
were arrested at Miami, Florida, International Airport early this morning as
they arrived on a flight from Brazil. They are set to make their initial
appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan at 1:30 p.m. today
in Miami, at which time the government expects to request their continued
detention pending further criminal proceedings.
The criminal complaint filed in Houston alleges they and
their daughter - Marcelle Guimaraes, 39 - conspired to illegally retain the
child in Brazil. The mother and minor child had traveled to Brazil to attend a
family event in July 2013, but were supposed to return to Houston no later than
July 20, 2013, according to the charges. Marcelle Guimaraes is also charged but
not as yet in custody.
As of the filing of the complaint, the child has not returned to the United
If convicted, each faces up to five years in federal prison for the
conspiracy as well as a maximum of three years if convicted of the kidnapping
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack
is prosecuting the case.