Ex-wife of businessman in custody over tax evasion, money laundering

The former wife of businessman Yiannis Karouzos, in prison since December on tax evasion and money-laundering charges, was also remanded in pretrial custody on Tuesday over her alleged connection to her former husband’s business dealings.

Rebecca Skaftoura is being accused of helping her ex-husband – who was active in the construction industry – to evade taxes worth some 30 million euros and of laundering ill-gotten gains through real estate purchases in her capacity as a top executive at his company.

The prosecutor investigating the finances of the Karouzos Group is also be looking into some 300 million euros’ worth of suspect loans made to the company by four separate banks.

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