Police arrest 13 for bribing doctors and illegal prescriptions

Police arrest 13 for bribing doctors and illegal prescriptions

Thirteen people, most of them sales representatives and executives of a pharmaceutical company, have been arrested on suspicion of bribing doctors and illegally prescribing medicines, it was reported on Friday.

Sources told the state-owned AMNA news agency that police moved in after a months-long investigation that also involved the legal tapping of the suspects’ phones.

The voluminous case file features more than 100 people, doctors and pharmacists among them, while the amount of the alleged fraud runs to hundreds of thousands of euros.

The arrests were made in the last 24 hours in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities.

The arrested individuals were taken before a Thessaloniki prosecutor, who charged them with forming a criminal organisation, fraud, false testimony, bribery and extortion of the public and private sector as well as issuing of bogus medical certificates.

The suspects, who were ordered to remain in custody, have until Wednesday to testify before an investigating magistrate. [AMNA]

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