Passionate about aviation by owning two planes, housed in a hangar at the Vannes aerodrome, but also vehicles with several vintage cars and motorcycles, this Portuguese living partly in Saint-Avé is also the manager of several companies real estate civilians who have invested in buildings in Paris. However, between 2009 and 2016, he never declared – nor paid – taxes on income and on wealth because he considered that his bank accounts were domiciled in Monaco.
More than half of his annual time in France laundering, this Wednesday, December 8, before the court of Vannes, where the administration is no longer a civil party at the very last minute to claim damages …
€ 10,000 of expenses
Before the judges, the defendant explains, with simplicity and frankness, his unusual situation: “I have no doubt the misfortune of having a rich company living in Monaco which gives me donations. Thanks to her, I spend my time between the Gulf of Morbihan, Monaco, London and Munich. I spend around € 10,000 per month. By negligence and because I was taken by the time, I did not worry about this problem of taxation. For me, I had no income because I had no salary. I have a welder’s CAP, but I have not had a profession since I met this woman who allows me to live well and to be resident in Monaco where my accounts are ”.
His lawyer from Rennes, Me Fabian Lahaie, pleads for the release by providing details on this unusual story: “It is by paying repairs, for his house in Saint-Avé, with a check from a bank in Monaco that everything has characteristic summer. Because the craftsman who received this check was the subject of a tax investigation. But the accused never defrauded. Thus, he has paid in full transparency, for ten years, his property and housing taxes for his house in Saint-Avé with Monegasque checks. But, this man has lived since 2008 with the donation of 2.7 million euros made by this woman on his accounts in Monaco. It is this donation that then generated his heritage. He spends more time in Monaco than in France. The tax administration belatedly understood this situation by abandoning all taxation ”.
Embarrassed, the prosecutor Marie Bahuon goes in the same direction: “There was an investigation and a remarkable instruction, but the tax administration, by withdrawing a few days before this hearing, reduced everything to nothing. Because it considers that the accused depends on the Monegasque tax system, having the status of impatriate in France ”.
The judges could then only pronounce the acquittal, “while regretting that it took a whole instruction for the tax administration to realize the situation”, according to their statements. They then ordered the return of a deposit of € 250,000 and lifted the seizure of the house in Saint-Avé.