Net widens in crackdown on fuel rackets

Following the arrest on Monday of 10 owners of gas station and fuel trading companies believed to have cheated the state out of 4 million euros, financial prosecutors are planning to bring charges of fuel smuggling and money laundering against another four suspects, Kathimerini understands.

Over the past few months, officers have conducted a number of inspections on outlets belonging to the four suspects in western Attica and recorded several cases of fuel smuggling, money laundering and tax evasion, police sources said.

One of the four men, identified as 41-year-old A.P., is believed to be the key supplier behind the software used to control the fuel outflow in gas station pumps. Using this special software, the racket is believed to have cheated customers out of between 2 and 6 percent of the fuel they believed they were purchasing.

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