Vocational training centers owners arrested

Public prosecutor Popi Papandreou on Thursday charged the owner of vocational training institutes IEK Xyni, Sofoklis Xynis, his spouse Athina and his daughter Katerina, with felony charges for forgery. The prosecutor also banned the defendants from leaving the country.

The Xynis family members are being charged with allegedly using fake tax clearance forms in order to collect large sums of money via subsidized educational programs, while owing millions of euros to public security fund IKA and the state.

According to reports, the defendants used forged certificates bearing the signatures of nonexistent IKA employees in order to collect the subsidies.

The charges could carry up to life imprisonment sentences.