On 10th November, The Portugal News reported that Adelino Vera-Cruz Pinto, a former Portuguese vice-consul in Brazil, has been sentenced to 6 years in prison in Portugal for qualified fraud and money laundering, in a case involving embezzlement of funds from the archdiocese of Porto Alegre in Brazil. The conviction is said to involve almost €1 million that belonged to the archdiocese of Porto Alegre, a donation to restore 2 churches of Portuguese origin in 2010-11. He was dismissed by the foreign affairs ministry in 2011. His wife at the time, Maria da Anunciação Figueiredo, was also sentenced to 4 years in prison with a suspended sentence for money laundering.
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