The Public Prosecutor's Office of the Portimão branch of the DIAP of Faro indicted a 40-year-old man for trial by a collective court for the practice of three felonies of qualified mockery and one of laundering.
According to the indictment, the defendant, of dual nationality – French and Portuguese – used a cunning scheme to deceive French citizens and to have them deliver him large sums of money.
"The scheme will have involved, moreover, to be called a lawyer, falsely claiming that it engaged in real estate mediation, set up front companies and publish ads in French newspapers intended to attract pensioners of that nationality who wanted to buy real estate in Portugal" , the MP said in a statement.
Thus, on the pretext of acquiring real estate, the accused managed to deceive three French citizens and caused them to give him around 500 thousand euros.
With part of this money, the defendant will have purchased, among other articles, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz brand cars, which, however, will not have registered in his name.
The MP also requested the loss of the benefits obtained by the accused and not yet reimbursed in the amount of 458,500 euros, as well as the loss of approximately 745,000 euros, corresponding to the value of his assets that is not compatible with his licit income and fiscally proven.
The investigation was conducted by the MP of the 2nd section of Portimão of the DIAP of Faro, with the assistance of the Judicial Police of Portimão.