Ex-vice-consul to Brazil sentenced to 6 years

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 10-11-2019 12:00:00 · 0 Comments

Adelino Vera-Cruz Pinto, a former Portuguese vice-consul in Brazil, has been sentenced to six years in prison for qualified fraud and money laundering, in a case involving embezzlement of funds from the archdiocese of Porto Alegre in Brazil.

The Lisbon criminal court acquitted the former Portuguese diplomat of the crime of falsifying documents.

The facts date back to December 2010 and January 2011 when Vera-Cruz Pinto appropriated almost one million euros (2.5 million reais from Brazil) that belonged to the archdiocese of Porto Alegre, Brazil, and that were a donation to restore two churches of Portuguese origin in the region of Rio Grande do Sul.

The money ended up in the bank accounts of Adelino Pinto and his wife at the time, Maria da Anunciação Figueiredo, who today the court sentenced to four years in prison with a suspended sentence for money laundering.

At the end of 2011, the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed Adelino Vera Cruz Pinto for just cause.


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