Thessaloniki priest charged with fraud set to defend himself

A 30-year-old priest from Thessaloniki who is alleged to have swindled tens of thousands of euros from 166 unsuspecting Greeks by promising them jobs that never materialized is to defend himself against fraud charges on Thursday before an investigating magistrate.

A 45-year-old unemployed resident of the northern port city alleged to have participated in the scam is to face the magistrate on the same charges.

Both have been in custody since their arrest on Monday while police are continuing to search for a 40-year-old lawyer believed to have been an accomplice.