Top SDOE official arrested for graft

Police in Patra on Saturday arrested the chief of the Western Greece department of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) on charges of graft, following the testimony of two employees.

According to local media reports, a police sting operation was organized following a complaint filed by a businessman operating on the Ionian island of Lefkada.

The latter had claimed that he was being blackmailed by two SDOE employees who had allegedly demanded 15,000 euros in order to help him “settle” his tax arrears.

The two SDOE employees told interrogators that their superior was also involved in the extortion racket, while a search conducted by police officers on the high-ranking SDOE official’s residence unearthed 47,000 euros in cash.

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