Hernâni Vaz Antunes confesses payments to Alexandre Fonseca

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Former Altice CEO reportedly received €490k between 2017 and 2018 through companies in the UAE and against fake invoices.

Heard by investigating judge Carlos Alexandre over the past three days, businessman Hernâni Vaz Antunes has identified several beneficiaries of undue payments made to win markets and contracts.

Judge Carlos Alexandre
Judge Carlos Alexandre

The news, advanced by Público this Thursday, states that among these beneficiaries is not only the former executive president of Altice, Alexandre Fonseca, but also the co-founder, Armando Pereira, the former CEO of Altice United State, Akim Boubazine, and the director of purchases of Altice USA and son-in-law of Armando Pereira, Yossi Benchtrit.

 

According to the newspaper, Alexandre Fonseca allegedly received €380,000 in 2018 and €110,000 in 2017, through a United Arab Emirates company and against false invoices.

The Braga businessman confirmed most of the facts that the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) attributes to him in the indictment. The Public Prosecutor’s Office believes that the contacts and indications transmitted by Armando Pereira to the former president of Altice allowed to ensure the contracting of services to companies of Hernâni Vaz Antunes.

Público also says that about Armando Pereira, businessman Hernâni Vaz Antunes confessed, in addition to undue payments to his son-in-law and father, to provide houses, cooks, cars, and even cards.

The Public Prosecutor, after the interrogation, will have described the businessman as the example of someone who holds nothing, but controls everything and “revealing a manipulative, calculating, self-centered and impulsive personality”.

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