Joe Berardo and lawyer André Luís Gomes were arrested this Tuesday on suspicion of harmful administration, qualified fraud, tax fraud and money laundering.
It was in 2016 that, after negotiating an agreement to pay the debt, the three creditor banks of the commander – Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Millennium BCP and Novo Banco – realized that what Joe Berardo had pledged, after all, did not could be pawned. This Tuesday, the Madeiran businessman and his lawyer André Luiz Gomes were arrested on suspicion of committing crimes of harmful administration, qualified fraud, tax fraud and money laundering, within the scope of a mega-operation of the Judiciary Police.
At the time, the agreement focused on the participation titles in Associação Colecção Berardo, the owner of the entrepreneur’s vast collection of contemporary art. However, on April 22, 2016, after the agreement, the Association’s General Assembly met without the presence of the banks and proceeded to change the statutes, with the decision to deliver the participation certificates being included in the “new” version. as collateral or pledge, it had to be ratified by the General Assembly itself.
Six months later, the banks, realizing the “maneuver” and invoking their status as creditors with special rights, promoted a new General Meeting with the aim of “reversing” the changes made on April 22, 2016, especially by withdrawing from the statutes the prerogative of the “consent” given to the General Assembly for the transmission “in any capacity” of the titles of participation in the collection.
Source: SÁBADO by www.sabado.pt.
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