Christian Diocesan Institution accused of using dead people in fraud of 3.3 million to the State

In Portugal, even dioceses associated with the Church are swindlers!

The leaders of this Christian diocese, in order to get the maximum amount of money from Social Security, duplicated users, used the names of people from other social centers, invented users, and even used the names of dead people, referring to them by the interesting name of “UFOs”!

The following article is a translation. You can find the link to the original website at the end of it.

“UFOs”, dead people and invented people. Diocesan Institution of Porto accused of millionaire fraud

The scheme of the Diocesan Institution of Porto will have involved the names of dead people, invented people and “borrowed” between institutions to circumvent Social Security.

The Diocesan Institution for Social Promotion of Porto allegedly damaged social security by more than 3.3 million euros. The Public Prosecutor’s Office accuses the institution of several crimes, including falsifying the number of users and using the names of dead people.

At issue is a scheme, in force between 2009 and 2015, aimed at inflating the number of users under the care of the Obra Diocesana do Porto. In this way, the institution increased the funding it received from the State.

To do this, the Jornal de Notícias explains, the directors duplicated users, used people from other social centers in the institution, invented users, and even used the names of people who had already died. They also used the word “UFOs” to refer to users who were not in the institution.

Between 2009 and 2015, they reported 436 deceased users to the Social Security, having made thousands of forgeries that generated millions for the institution.

According to the Public Ministry’s accusation, the plan was devised by the then president of the Private Institution of Social Solidarity (IPSS), Américo Ribeiro. The treasurer, two members, a service director and two employees are said to have collaborated. None of the directors are currently in the structure, JN knows.

The defendants would try to be discreet when talking about the scheme and would pressure employees to send falsified lists, the newspaper also writes.

“Perfectly aware of the cooperation agreements he signed with the Centro Distrital do Porto da SS, on behalf of the accused Obra Diocesana, as well as the sustainability of the aforementioned IPSS, the accused Américo Ribeiro devised a plan to finance the accused Obra Diocesana, at the expense of obtaining contributions from the Social Security to which this institution was not entitled”, reads the indictment, deduced by prosecutor Carla Oliveira.

The institution provides assistance to the elderly and disabled, as well as to children and families. In total, there are 12 social centers, with day centers, social centers, day care centers, kindergartens and home assistance, spread throughout the city.

Of the 3.3 million euros that the Diocesan Work of Porto caused to the State, about 631 thousand euros have already been returned or regularized. The public prosecutor’s office now wants the defendants to pay the remaining 2.7 million euros to the State.

A country where criminals and the powerful are systematically protected to the detriment of victims and its citizens is the definition of a dictatorship, which is why Portugal should leave the EU.


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