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EU Commission warns Greece & Cyprus on fraud rule implementation

The European Commission has taken action against Greece and Cyprus for their failure to properly implement rules aimed at combating fraud within the EU’s budget. In a statement released Wednesday as part of the EU’s package of decisions on infringements for April, the Commission announced its decision to issue reasoned …

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Investigation into fraud linked to €2.5B of EU Funds for Digitization awarded to just 10 companies in Greece

National and European authorities are investigating allegations of fraud linked to how €2.5 billion in EU Recovery Funds was awarded to just 10 companies in Greece. Investigation is latest dent to the reputation of EU’s post-pandemic support, writes POLITICO.eu in its exclusive report. The offices of the country’s three telecommunications …

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Dozens of elderly expats to be tried for illegally receiving allowance

Dozens of elderly expatriates from Georgia received or attempted to receive an uninsured elderly person’s allowance with forged certificates from the Greek Social Solidarity Privileged Benefits Organization. A total of 85 men and women have been referred to be tried at the Three-member Criminal Court of Thessaloniki. According to the …

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Far-right Spartans MPs under scrutiny for possible elections fraud

Eleven MPs of the far-right party Spartiates (Spartans) have been summoned by the Supreme Court prosecutor to provide explanations as suspects for their potential involvement in electoral fraud during this year’s legislative elections. A request has already been made to Parliament to lift their immunity. As outlined in the prosecutor’s …

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BoG: Major increase in card fraud worth €16.2 million

The Bank of Greece has has seen a major increase in electronic fraud in Greece during 2022, as transactions with payment cards worth 16.2 million euros  compared to 13.4 million euros in 2021 an increase by 21% compared to a year earlier. Attacks on cardholders via e-mails, SMS and phones …

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MEP Eva Kaili also faces probe into EU funds fraud

Next to Qatar-gate investigation, Greek MEP Eva Kaili faces also probe for misappropriating European Parliament funds, falsifying her assistants’ expenses, Politico reports on Tuesday. POLITICO has obtained documents showing Kaili is accused of taking a cut from her assistants’ salaries and their faked reimbursement requests. According to politico, Eva Kaili …

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Woman arrested a gang member defrauding property buyers in Athens

Greek police arrested a 56-year-old woman in Athens who is believed to be a member of a criminal ring that committed fraud and forgeries against property owners and prospective buyers. The woman was arrested on Tuesday the moment she took pre-marked banknotes from a prospective buyer of a property, to …

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Priest charged with pocketing donations aimed to man with disabilities

A priest has been charged with fraud in the city of Trikala, in central Greece, for obtaining significant amounts of money in donations that would supposedly benefit a young man with health issues. Police say that two bank accounts in which people were asked to diposit money contained €12,922.50. They …

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German and Polish nationals arrested for “Pyramid” scheme fraud

A German and a Polish nationals wanted by Interpol were arrested in Greece and Italy. The two men were involved in serious fraud with a “pyramid scheme” that bought them profit over 28 million euros. A 60-year-old German man and a 49-year-old Polish man for whom Interpol had issued ‘red …

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Turkish citizen arrested in Thessaloniki over phone fraud in Germany

A Turkish citizen was arrested in Thessaloniki, in execution of a European warrant issued by German judicial authorities, on charges of participating in telephone fraud in Germany. Sources said the suspect is a 22-year-old man who has already been taken to the Appeals Prosecutor’s Office of Thessaloniki to initiate procedures …

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Greek police arrest foreign national, a fraudster, with German warrant

Greek authorities arrested a  37-year-old foreign national with an outstanding European arrest warrant issued by German authorities. The arrest took place at the airport of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Wednesday. The man has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for e-mail and telephone fraud amounting to roughly 1.5 million euros. …

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Police sends to prosecutor websites, social media accounts spreading anti-vaxxer content

The Greek Police Department for Prosecuting Electronic Crime announced on Tuesday that an ordered investigation had uncovered incriminating evidence on four websites and six social media accounts by coronavirus- and vaccination-deniers, who have been encouraging people not to get vaccinated and file lawsuits against doctors, teachers and police officers. According …

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Local fraudster cheats tourists demanding entrance fee for cave Church by Chania

Police in Chania, Crete, arrested a 39-year-old man for cheating foreign tourists and demanding a fee for entrance to a church.  The local resident of Chania would stand outside the cave church of Agia Sophia by Topolia village in South Kissamos. He would approach foreign tourists who were unaware that …

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How Greeks end up in sham jobs in the Czech Republic

A large number of employment agencies have been hiring cheap labor across Europe. But many Greeks have fallen victim to high expectations and fraudulent recruitment deals.   Like most Greeks, Nikos Varthimiadis is bust. Bad debts ruined his bakery last year, pushing the middle-aged man and father of three into …

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Doctor found to have worked in public hospital for 17 years without diploma

For whole seventeen years he has been examining patients, diagnosing illness and ailments and prescribing medicine and therapies.  He had been appointed to the public General Hospital of Kavala, Northern Greece, in 2001. He was supposed to have been a general practitioner. Now he has been fired. Authorities found out …

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“Hellas Gold is fraud and money laundering”: Minister Kammenos escalates dispute with Eldorado Gold

The crisis between the Greek government Canadian mining Eldorado Gold and its Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold moved to a new level of escalation on Thursday, when the junior partner of the coalition government accused the Greek subsidiary of  “fraud” and “money laundering.” The claims came from other than the leader …

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