Following an ongoing investigation, under the coordination of the Public Prosecution of Moita, the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has carried out, today, home searches at Vale da Amoreira, for suspicion of the crime of assisting unlawful immigration. During the searches, document evidence has been gathered regarding the alleged illegal stay of foreign nationals in Portugal, in exchange of huge money amounts.
The foreign national, a 55 year-old woman, and her husband, a 54 year-old Portuguese national, have been made defendants.
Since 2018, the suspect might have persuaded, within social media, dozens of fellow countrymen to come to Portugal, to work and live, ensuring them help for the immediate legalisation of SEF. In addition, she might have told the immigrants to enter Portugal as tourists, and, with the help of her husband, forwarding them from Lisboa Airport to their home, charging them huge amounts of money for the transport, accommodation and expenses allegedly needed to obtain contracts of employment, opening of bank accounts, registration with the Tax Authority and Social Security, and other documents needed for the legalisation within SEF.
The search made to the home of the suspects allowed to seize computer equipment, mobile phones and numerous documentation as proof of the crimes.