In a statement, the Judiciary Police (PJ) clarifies that the investigation, coordinated by the Public Ministry - Departments of Investigation and Criminal Action (DIAP) of Porto, identified "suspicious" bank movements in the accounts held and/or controlled by the defendants.

The investigation subsequently found the existence of requests for the return of funds and claims for fraud filed by people based abroad.

During the investigation, the PJ complied with two house search warrants and one arrest warrant related to the practice of qualified fraud, computer fraud, communications and money laundering.

The defendants of foreign nationality had been in Portugal since 2020, residing in the greater Porto region, says the PJ.

The amount ascertained, "improperly appropriated by the two defendants", amounts to close to 90 thousand euros, with "the existence of other facts of the same nature being under investigation".