Six charged over scam to defraud seamen’s fund

A prosecutor on Saturday brought felony charges against six seamen’s healthcare fund employees accused of trying to defraud the organization of more than 1.1 million euros. The charges include fraud, forgery and forming a criminal organization.

The defendants, some of whom reject the allegations, asked for extra time to prepare their defense and will testify tomorrow.

The suspects – who include the fund president’s personal assistant, her husband, the chief treasurer and three employees – were arrested after they allegedly tried to enlist the owner of a clinic that worked with the fund in a scam. The plan fell through as the businessman informed the police.