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Pingo Doce million euro fish scam - five arrests made

pingoPingo Doce's senior managament has seen five of its employees, involved in a fish scam that paid for luxury cars and supplied large amounts of cash, caught by the Police.

Officers discovered €400,000 in cash at homes they raided after Pingo Doce management helped uncover a scheme in which certain employees received money from a company that supplied fresh fish, not necessarily the best value for money, to the exclusion of other suppliers.

Three men and one woman, between 40 and 65-years-old, have been arrested by the Judiciary Police on suspicion of corruption.

TVI reported that those arrested were high-up managers in the supermarket chain, owned by Jerónimo Martins.

According to a statement released on Wednesday by the PJ, 18 searches were made in the Greater Lisbon area, with €​​400,000 in cash and several state-of-the-art cars seized, as part of operation ‘Rappel,’ and that the suspected crime was brought to them by the company

which, "cooperated extensively with the investigation."

TVI also reported that two of the suspects are officials who may have received more than €1 million in bribes from the fish supplier

In addition to the four detainees, there are six further Jerónimo Martins employees who now are official defendants, among them an employee based in Poland.

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0 #9 nogin the nog 2019-06-14 18:28
Quoting Rob:
Quoting nogin the nog:
Quoting Jack Reacher:
The very same JM who is chairman of Lisboa Oceanarium.and the NGO OceanAzul. You simply cant make this sruff up...This is Portugal! Something very fishy and corruptable is going on..

HMM. Democracy is a wonderful idea but does it real exist.. I don't know a bout you, but I am still waiting for the results of several high profile court cases that am assure will a mount to absolutely nothing but a cover up.. :-*


Spot on, accountability is thin in the ground. Portugal is actually classified as a flawed democracy, even though there are free elections there exist significant problems with their democratic process. The political system is underdeveloped and they have a poorly functioning government. To be classified as a full democracy they would have to have an effective independent judiciary and legislative checks and balances. It lacks a well functioning government that reinforces civil liberties and democratic principles. With the corruption that functions at every level here, can't see it changing anytime soon.

Hmm
Spot on Rob.
I like this paper for high lighting local and national points of interest, but nothing going to change any time soon, so I just soak up the good weather and nock back the local vino 8) ..Happy Days
+1 #8 Rob 2019-06-14 13:47
Quoting nogin the nog:
Quoting Jack Reacher:
The very same JM who is chairman of Lisboa Oceanarium.and the NGO OceanAzul. You simply cant make this sruff up...This is Portugal! Something very fishy and corruptable is going on..

HMM. Democracy is a wonderful idea but does it real exist.. I don't know a bout you, but I am still waiting for the results of several high profile court cases that am assure will a mount to absolutely nothing but a cover up.. :-*


Spot on, accountability is thin in the ground. Portugal is actually classified as a flawed democracy, even though there are free elections there exist significant problems with their democratic process. The political system is underdeveloped and they have a poorly functioning government. To be classified as a full democracy they would have to have an effective independent judiciary and legislative checks and balances. It lacks a well functioning government that reinforces civil liberties and democratic principles. With the corruption that functions at every level here, can't see it changing anytime soon.
+1 #7 Peter Booker 2019-06-14 07:46
Taking up nogin´s point, Ed, have you any idea of the state of the case against Sócrates? After all the hoo-ha last year, it has gone very quiet.
-1 #6 Darren 2019-06-13 20:03
Does any of this alter the price of fish? Darcey's stunningly original suggestion for Portugal of seizing the bad guys assets, known in the UK as an unexplained wealth order, only works if the plankton can report without any risk what the big fish are up to. Anyone, a bank or public / private sector employee, transferring a sizeable sum to a minor of someone important or their "footy mate". Such whistle blowing is still far in the future; maybe the grandchildren of today's PJ / DCIAP and Prosecutors could chance acting on it. The suggestion here is that it was a competing fish monger who, having bunged vigorously, still lost a fishy contract and warned Pingo Doce that he would go to the authorities if Pingo Doce didn't beat him to it. Not exactly ideal upright citizens behaviour ....
+1 #5 Chip 2019-06-13 12:05
Cosy arrangements between buyers in big companies and preferred suppliers is not confined to Pingo or Portugal. It takes the form of cash bribes to freebie holidays and golf days. It will only stop when a red line is defined between bribery and PR and those on the wrong side get a period in solitary confinement.
+1 #4 Darcy 2019-06-13 11:31
The Government now need to introduce new laws to allow the Judiciary to freeze the assets of suspected criminals, regardless of their community, legal or financial profile. If the person is found guilty, then their assets should be removed and sold to pay off creditors etc; and the criminal given a jail sentence.
This person should no longer be entitled to resume in a position of power or responsibility, in other words, should be sacked from his or her job.
+6 #3 nogin the nog 2019-06-12 22:37
Quoting Jack Reacher:
The very same JM who is chairman of Lisboa Oceanarium.and the NGO OceanAzul. You simply cant make this sruff up...This is Portugal! Something very fishy and corruptable is going on..

HMM. Democracy is a wonderful idea but does it real exist.. I don't know a bout you, but I am still waiting for the results of several high profile court cases that am assure will a mount to absolutely nothing but a cover up.. :-*
+6 #2 Jack Reacher 2019-06-12 19:43
The very same JM who is chairman of Lisboa Oceanarium.and the NGO OceanAzul. You simply cant make this sruff up...This is Portugal! Something very fishy and corruptable is going on..
+4 #1 A concerned citizen 2019-06-12 18:09
I have to laugh. Yes they've caught the small fish, while the major shareholders and directors continue with their corruptible relationships with gov officials? This is the small fry -.--

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