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Fresh case of bogus sick leave

An employee with Greece?s largest state health insurance fund (EOPPY) had allegedly approved repeated sick leaves for her daughter on Crete over the course of four years despite the fact that the latter was in fact healthy and working for a private business ripping the organization off to the tune of thousands of euros, according to local reports.

On top of granting extended periods of bogus sick leave, the EOPPY employee allegedly approved thousands of euros in welfare benefits for her daughter between 2008 and 2012. The suspect had recently joined a committee set up to investigate recent allegations of sick leave abuse on the island.

In one of the most notorious cases, a doctor in Iraklio gave 285 foreigners a total 7,250 days of sick leave. Two doctors at the local brunch of the IKA social security fund were suspended in connection with the case but recently returned to their duties. The two are allegedly responsible for signing the bogus sick leave forms on behalf of the EOPPY official.