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Posted by portugalpress on May 16, 2018

800 GNR police are accused of taking part in a swindle that saw them receiving designer sunglasses at a discount. The scheme, allegedly promoted by a group of opticians in Porto, is understood to have passed the glasses off as prescription graded spectacles, towards which the Armed Forces social services and GNR’s health and assistance programme paid subsidies. Of the 800, 745 have “assumed guilt” seeing charges suspended.

This has left 56 beneficiaries cited in the Public Ministry investigation, say reports, along with three directors of the opticians group.

The alleged fraud goes back to the years 2010 to 2012, explains Diário de Notícias, suggesting it could have scooped its ‘masterminds’ up to €350,000.

There is no explanation in any of the reports about how the scheme came to be questioned.

But DN explains that “despite the agents having no ophthalmic problem they undertook an eye test that served as the basis for a medical prescription”.

Some will have received their cool designer shades for nothing, others at a substantial discount.