According to the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), one of the citizens is also accused of committing crimes of computer forgery and possession of a prohibited weapon.

“The investigation, carried out by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), began in October 2018, one of the accused being a resident in Faro, where he works as an official accountant, and the other resident in the United Kingdom, being the owner of a commercial establishment in Amadora”, in the district of Lisbon, according to the SEF statement.

According to the information released, the two accused citizens acted “in conjunction with efforts” and “helped the regularisation of more than a hundred foreign citizens, using fraudulent documents that simulated employment relationships that, in fact, never existed”.

“During the investigation, in addition to the company in the Algarve and the initial visa requests, more "ghost" companies and various irregularities were detected for the purpose of regularisation in the national territory", the SEF also adds.