Porto driving test scam sentences

in World · 19-07-2019 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

The São João Novo Tribunal in Porto has condemned 119 people including instructors, examiners and students from driving schools in Porto.

Of 120 defendants in the case, six were sentenced to between five years and six months and ten years in prison. One was eventually acquitted. In addition the court banned the defendants, now convicted, from exercising their functions for a certain period of time.

According to the Public Prosecutors Office (MP) the applicants wore headsets and micro cameras hidden in their clothes to film computer screens and obtain the correct answers for tests using instructors outside the building where they were watching the images and giving the correct answers.

This scheme, which began in 2012 and involved corruption relating to driving licenses, yielded about €620,000 in profit the prosecution said.
In addition to the six defendants sentenced, all others were sentenced to suspended sentences ranging from one to five years. A group of judges also condemned six companies to a fine of around €100,000.

Arthur Marques, defender of one of the examiners on trial said that there was “too much exaggeration” in the case.


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