Hellenic Aerospace exec to face charges over fake degree certificate

A high-ranking executive at the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (EAB) is to face criminal charges after it was found that he used a forged degree from Columbia University to land his 7,500-euro a month job.

Prosecutor Yiannis Dragatsis filed charges on Thursday against the executive, who held the position of general manager in charge of operations at EAB, and the members of the board who hired him in 2008 and renewed his contract in 2012.

The suspect is alleged to have received more than 500,000 euros in pay during his time at the company.

Meanwhile, Deputy Administrative Reform Minister Evi Christofilopoulou revealed that three municipal policemen had been fired after being discovered to be holding fake degrees.

Checks are continuing, she said.

The government expects that up to 10 percent of around 3,500 municipal officers, who have been transferred as part of a civil service mobility scheme, have fake certificates.