MP investigates Novo Banco managers suspected of helping Vieira – Portugal

Former administrator Vítor Fernandes, appointed by the government as “chairman” of Banco do Fomento, is one of the targets. Investigation reports that the president of Benfica set up “artful scheme” and that Novo Banco was inoperative in the collection of debts

“A cunning scheme”. It is in this way that the Public Prosecutor’s Office describes a series of moves that will have been carried out by Luís Filipe Vieira to, between 2018 and 2019, “acquire Novo Banco credits” on Imosteps company “for a low cost, or directly to Novo Banco or to the purchaser of the credit package in which it was integrated”, as happened in “Nata II”. The president of Benfica must be questioned by judge Carlos Alexandre, this Friday, at the Central Court of Criminal Instruction and confronted with these suspicions that have harmed the Novo Banco and the Resolution Fund by more than 80 million euros.

According to the information gathered by the investigation of the case already known as “Red Card”, despite not having paid a debt of more than 50 million euros with Novo Banco relating to Imosteps, when the claims on this company were put up for sale by Novo Banco , Luís Filipe Vieira will have done a little of everything to stay with the company.

“Luís Filipe Vieira and his collaborators also took advantage of the privileged relationship that the former had with Vítor Fernandes”, former administrator of Novo Banco, appointed by the government as “chairman” of Banco do Fomento, “getting its support beyond the access to information about the sale procedure, try to convince the Resolution Fund to accept the separate sale of Imosteps credits”, refers the order of judge Carlos Alexandre, who ordered the arrest of the president of Benfica.

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