Police nab extortionist posing as health inspector in northern Athens

A 52-year-old man was arrested in Metamorphosi, northern Athens, Friday on suspicion of posing as a health and safety inspector to extort money from a store owner.

According to police the suspect, accompanied by a 25-year-old man, blackmailed the shop owner into giving them money so he would avoid a supposed fine.

Police said the two men successfully carried out the same confidence trick in two other areas of Athens. The 25-year-old was being sought.