The Judiciary Police are searching banks in the Lisbon region this Thursday. The National Anti-Corruption Unit of the PJ investigates facts likely to frame qualified fraud, money laundering and qualified tax fraud. Assisting in these searches are experts and consultants from the Tax Administration and Banco de Portugal.
Banco Montepio has been the target of searches, the institution confirmed in a statement, noting that the searches are being conducted “for customer operations” between 2011 and 2014, ensuring that it is collaborating with the authorities.
The Mutual Association Montepio, as well as the bank BNI Europa are being targeted, the PJ source told Jornal Económico.
Accordingly, a statement from the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has been carried out “several steps are being taken to comply with 15 search and seizure warrants at banking institutions, at an association’s registered office, at home and at corporate headquarters”. , pointing out that the inquiry is being conducted by the Public Prosecution Service, through the Lisbon Regional Department of Investigation and Penal Action (DIAP).
“The due diligence focuses on a set of clients of financial institutions and their holding entities, for the purpose of gathering evidence regarding customer banking transactions between 2011 and 2014, as well as documentation related to these transactions,” according to institution.
The PGR states that the proceedings are being chaired by four judges of the Criminal Instruction Court (ICT) of Lisbon and Amadora, accompanied by four Prosecutors of the Republic of the DIAP of Lisbon, 90 members of the Judicial Police, 4 members of the Tax Authority and 6 Bank of Portugal.
- News updated at 12:43 pm