Woman suspected of fraud who had been on the run for 10 years was arrested

Under an arrest warrant issued by the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action of Faro

The Judiciary Police (PJ) detained in the north of Portugal a woman who had been on the run from justice for 10 years on suspicion of fraud and who, at the time of the arrest, was carrying a child with false documentation, the police announced today..

The 38-year-old woman is suspected, among other crimes, of qualified fraud and forgery of documents and was detained by the PJ's South directorate, in collaboration with the North directorate, under an arrest warrant issued by the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DIAP) of Faro.

“The detainee had been evading justice for approximately 10 years, for committing crimes of the same nature in various locations in the country, and had already been declared contumacious [who refuses to appear in court], in 2020, along with another defendant already previously identified and detained,” the PJ said in a statement.

The same source explained that the woman put into practice a plan to convince those responsible for a Management and Accounting Society, located in the Algarve, to entrust her with the management of the company, accessing bank accounts to appropriate “large amounts, whether of the company's accounts, or of amounts given to it by customers for the settlement of obligations to Finance and Social Security”.

The PJ stressed that the woman “concealed her illicit activity by presenting false documents that she produced” and, when arrested, was with a boy of about two years old, “apparently her son, of whom she had a birth certificate. false birth”.

“On these facts, the process of subtracting minors is running. With the special contribution of the local GNR [the child] was taken to an institution”, added the PJ.

The Judiciary said that the woman met men through social networks, with whom she “entered into romantic relationships”, and claimed “to have false professional qualities as a judge, lawyer, employee of the SEF [Foreigners and Borders Service] and the Judiciary Police”, with the aim of “appropriating their heritage”.

The detainee will be present in court today to undergo the first judicial interrogation and any coercive measures will be applied to her.