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Theoharis says social dividend fraudsters to face crime charges

The head of the Finance Ministry's General Secretariat for State Revenues, Haris Theoharis, warned on Friday that those submitting bogus data in a bid to qualify for a portion of the so-called social dividend, coming from Greece's primary surplus, would face criminal charges.

In a statement posted on Facebook under the title "A friendly reminder about the social dividend," Theoharis, provided instructions on how the application for the dividend should be filled out properly to avoid errors.

Theoharis called on some 60,000 applicants who appear to have included "mistakes" in their applications, to resend them.

So far some 740,000 Greek taxpayers have applied for a 500-euro share of Greece's 2013 primary surplus. Of those applications, around 206,000 have been approved.

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