MP says Vieira used Benfica money to deduct liabilities from his companies – Portugal

Investigation identified an alleged circuit of withdrawal of funds from SAD through high commissions to businessman Bruno Macedo. Later, the money would end up in the sphere of Luís Filipe Vieira.

The Public Ministry (MP) guarantees that it has identified a scheme to embezzle money from Benfica SAD, through high commissions that will have been paid to businessman Bruno Macedo, for payment of debts of the club president, Luís Filipe Vieira. According to the search warrant issued by Judge Carlos Alexandre, the investigation identified “fraud schemes set up for the benefit of Luís Filipe Vieira and the Groups of companies under his de facto control at the expense of harming the interests of SLB, of the former Grupo Espírito Santo and current Novo Banco and also the Portuguese State, in the context of tax collection in the context of public funding to the Resolution Fund and to the contingent capital agreement mechanism”

The funds originating from SL Benfica, continued the judge to detail, “between 2016 and 2017 were mobilized to Promotav and Votion accounts, which amount was used to amortize financing granted by banking institutions to Promotav, OnlyProperties and Cofibrás, all companies belonging to the Luís Filipe Vieira business group“.

The president of Benfica was, this Wednesday, detained on suspicion of qualified fraud, abuse of trust, tax fraud and money laundering. Besides Vieira, there were three more arrests, refers the Morning mail. For now, the indication is that the son of Luís Filipe Vieira, Tiago Vieira, José António dos Santos and football manager Bruno Macedo were arrested.

Source: SÁBADO by www.sabado.pt.

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