CR7 Account Hidden Travel Agent Scams – Portugal

Money delivered by top players diverted by agent. Woman covered embezzlement with Ronaldo’s credit card.

João Carlos Rodrigues 09:18

The travel agent who handled the transfers of football stars linked to businessman Jorge Mendes diverted 288,000 euros from Cristiano Ronaldo’s bank account to cover the amounts paid by players Simão Sabrosa, Costinha, Manuel Fernandes, Tiago and Custódio, who never arrived at the Geostar agency. Maria Silva, who worked exclusively for VIP clients at the Gestifute office in Porto, asked the footballers to transfer travel amounts to her personal accounts – claiming that she would later settle with the company. In order not to be discovered, these amounts were debited to CR7’s account, which had provided him with the credit card details and codes. The relationship was one of trust.The scheme started in 2007 and was discovered three years later. The case was investigated by the PJ and Maria Silva ended up sentenced by the Porto Court, in 2017, to four years in prison with a suspended sentence. According to the national press, she currently works as a cleaner and continues to pay for the damage she caused to Geostar, Jorge Mendes and Cristiano Ronaldo. The court gave as proven that it appropriated 350 thousand euros delivered by footballers. Only Costinha, Simão, Custódio and Manuel Fernandes diverted 57 thousand euros, referring to the value of 35 trips that the players delivered.
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