The Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE) announced this Saturday that two companies and three people were accused in an investigation for falsifying documents for the attribution of forest subsidies.
The ASAE reveals in a statement that it executed seven search warrants, domestic and non-home, in the municipalities of Santiago do Cacém, Grândola and Lisbon.
According to ASAE, the investigation originated in a complaint communicated by a certifying entity, on suspicion of falsification of its forest management compliance certificates.
At issue are two application processes under the 2014-2020 Rural Development Program, which aims at the sustainable growth of the agroforestry sector in the country, through the granting of support to activities.
“The falsified documents will have been reproduced and altered through computer manipulation, by a forest management company that took over the conduct and submission of applications, on behalf of two agricultural holdings, thus seeking to obtain a more favorable position in the final classification of applications financial incentives,” explains ASAE.
In this investigation, the ASAE also added that it executed search warrants for the residence and office of the person responsible for submitting the applications, the residence of the beneficiaries and the targeted agricultural properties, with documents being seized.