André Matias de Almeida, spokesman for the National Association of Public Road Hauliers (Antram), was the subject of a judicial investigation on suspicions that he had managed the money of the University of Lisbon Academic Association (AAUL) in a disastrous manner.
The case dates back to 2013 and 2014, when André Matias de Almeida took over AAUL's treasury, reveals the magazine Visão in its digital edition. According to the publication, the criminal complaint came from the president who took office after the departure of the now ANTRAM spokesman.
The criminal complaint filed with the Public Prosecution Service was based on the 30,000 euro discrepancy between the invoices presented by the treasurer and the money that effectively left the association's bank account during the term of André Matias de Almeida.
The expenses presented by the spokesman include bills in restaurants, whose dinners were accompanied by bottles of Licor Beirão. Expenses also include buying a suit and cufflinks at a store, as well as movie tickets, pharmacy supplies, sewing and laundry services.
According to the documents to which newsmagazine had access, the expenses were extended to nightclubs in the Lisbon and Coimbra area, and the expenses were paid with the academic association's ATM card. In addition, withdrawals of more than 11 thousand euros were made at automated teller machines, which did not correspond to the invoices presented later.
Invoices also had high costs for mobile phones and communications, as well as hundreds of euros spent on fuel, taxi rides and public transport, the amount of which raised suspicions that those responsible at the time would be using the funds to pay daily expenses. In addition to André Matias de Almeida, also André Machado, president of AAUL and today advisor to PSD MEP Lídia Pereira, saw his name called into question.
Antram's lawyer and spokesman assured the magazine that the criminal complaint was "a defamation that has been clarified with the prosecutor." At the time, the defendants stated that it had been an atypical year due to the merger of the Technical University of Lisbon with the University of Lisbon.