The former executive of Energa power company sentenced for embezzlement scam has been released from prison for health reasons. 39-year-old Aris Floros has been reportedly diagnosed with with a disability rate of over 67 percent due to epileptic seizures and other psychiatric problems.
The criminal code allows the release of prisoners with over 67 percent disability if they have served a fifth of their sentence.
In February 2017, Floros was convicted for the felony charges of embezzlement, smuggling and money laundering to 21 years prison sentence and a fine of 1.5 million euros.
Floros was the managing director of Energa, which, along with another power company, Hellas Power, withheld more 256 million euros from the Greek state through the special property tax levy (ENFIA) via electricity bills.
The companies collected the levies between September 2011 and November 2012 but subsequently failed to hand the money over to the state.
In March 2018, Floros was found guilty of instigating an assassination attempt on lawyer Giorgos Antonopoulos in November 2014 in Penteli, outside Athens. The lawyer was legal opponent in the Energa – Hellas Power case. Two Albanian nationals were charged as the physical assassins. They had testified Floros had promised them 300,000 euros. Floros was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment but the sentence was suspended.
Energa and Hellas Power were the first private power suppliers established in Greece.
Floros’ release came as surprise and triggered an outrage among social media users who demand that he is examined by an independent team of doctors.
And some ironically comment that now he would also claim “pension for invalidity.”