The Braga Judicial Court on 27 November sentenced a Barcelos lawyer to four years' imprisonment with suspended sentence for cheating a client in more than 180,000 euros between 2010 and 2012. The defendant, who was suspended by the Order of Lawyers, was convicted of qualified fraud and paid 30 thousand euros to the fraudulent client, leaving the insurance company responsible for payment of the remaining 150 thousand.
According to the Attorney General's Office of the District of Porto (PGDP), which gives an account of the judgment of the Judicial Court of Braga, "the court found it proved, moreover, that the defendant, lawyer in Barcelos, in the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, requested various amounts to a client, for a total of 177,795 euros, under various pretexts. "
The plaintiff, a restaurant manager, testified in court that the lawyer was always asking for new amounts to handle the proceedings, namely 50 thousand euros for a bond and 100 thousand euros to reinforce the same security. But this bond was never given, and the money went to the attorney's personal account.
In addition to these amounts, the PGDP advances others that the defendant gave any of the uses that he had made when he asked for them: € 16,000 relating to preparation and provision for opposition in connection with an injunction, € 3,000 for proceedings to protect assets, five thousand euros for provisions and 3,795 euros to reinforce the provision.
"The court further found that the defendant made these these sums, not giving them any of the uses that he had made when he asked for them," the PGDP advances.