Fraudulent vehicle inspections: 38 arrested in Operation Hydra

Deepak Gupta June 29, 2022
Updated 2022/06/29 at 3:06 PM

The Public Security Police (PSP) launched a criminal investigation operation with the objective of collecting evidence of crimes of passive corruption for an illicit act, active corruption for an illicit act and falsification of documents with regard to fraudulent vehicle inspections.

According to the most recent news, 38 people were arrested. There is a PSP agent among the detainees.

According to information provided by SIC Notícias, around 30 people were detained by the PSP, following several searches of the IMT and inspection centers in several districts, with suspicions of fraudulent inspections, using tampered machines and counterfeit stamps.

According to the same source, 38 arrest warrants were issued, but eight people have not yet been located.

The arrested PSP agent is "suspected of acting as a recruiter for the scheme", which involved the fraudulent inspection and approval of vehicles in exchange for money.

Most detainees are inspectors (33), but there are also two IMT staff and two inspection center administrators.

Fraudulent vehicle inspections: 38 arrested in Operation Hydra

In a statement, the PSP also added that more than 4,300 euros in cash, 41 mobile phones and computer data considered “procedurally relevant” for the investigation were seized.

In Operation Hydra, 50 home and non-home searches were carried out in the municipalities of Braga, Vila Verde, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Guimarães, Vizela, Fafe, Amarante, Lousada, Gondomar, Porto, Matosinhos, Valongo, Loures, Lisbon, Agualva-Cacém, Azambuja, Vila Franca de Xira, Seixal, Palmela, Setúbal, Silves, Lagoa and Portimão.

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