Judicial Police seized a Ferrari and a McLaren purchased with European funds

A lawyer and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and embezzlement in obtaining subsidies and forging documents. Both are suspected of setting up fraud schemes involving European funds.

European money was used to buy high-end cars, including a Ferrari and a McLaren. Expensive taste!

Unfortunately, it was not possible to find out what sentences, if any, were actually handed down to these suspects.

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

“Operation Inovar arrested a lawyer and a woman. Both are suspected of setting up fraud schemes against European Community funds. The money would be used to buy luxury cars

A lawyer from Leiria and a woman were arrested this Tuesday on suspicion of fraud and embezzlement in obtaining subsidies and falsifying documents. In “Operation Invovar”, carried out by the National Unit Against Corruption of the Judicial Police,

Another 21 defendants, 12 individuals and nine companies, were also constituted, with inspectors seizing nine high-end vehicles, among them, DN learned, a Ferrari and a McLaren.

According to the information gathered, in recent years the couple dedicated themselves to submitting applications for European Community funds for projects in the field of industry and recycling, but inflated their costs.

The projects presented to the IAPMEI, the Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, could be either real or completely fictitious, according to a source linked to the investigation, with incentives made through the QREN, the National Strategic Reference Framework.

During the operation called “Inovar”, which involved 160 members of the PJ, a criminal investigating judge and a public prosecutor, 53 searches were carried out in the areas of Leiria, Coimbra, Lisbon and Porto, of which twenty were in homes, two in law offices and thirty-one in non-domiciliary offices.

According to the PJ, two non-residential searches were also carried out in Germany.

The PJ also states that the investigation will continue in order to further gather evidence and determine the economic benefits illegally obtained to the detriment of the Portuguese State, the total value of which will exceed five million euros.

The detainees will be presented to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for their first judicial interrogation at the Central Criminal Investigation Court.

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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