Prosecutor orders freeze on Greek businessman's bank accounts

Chief financial prosecutor Panayiotis Athanasiou on Thursday ordered local lenders to freeze the bank accounts of businessman Andreas Vgenopoulos in connection to a probe regarding allegations of tax evasion. The order also called for Vgenopoulos to lose access to his safe deposit boxes.

The move was part of a preliminary probe investigating allegations of tax evasion by hundreds of wealthy Greeks whose names appeared on a list based on information given to financial prosecutors by Greek credit institutions.

Sources said the investigation is expected to focus on 200 million euros in Vgenopoulos’s bank accounts, a sum which the businessman will have to prove does not constitute a product of tax evasion.

In a statement released on Thursday, Vgenopoulos refuted all allegations against him and said he had been notified of the decision through the media.