Two IKA employees suspended for illegal issue of papers

Two employees of the Social Insurance Institute (IKA) were suspended on Tuesday and ordered to appear before a disciplinary panel after it emerged that they had wrongfully issued documents to 703 people, allowing them to obtain health coverage and, in cases where they were migrants, residence permits.

Applicants earn IKA certificates if they have a certain amount of social security credits.

However, the two suspects are accused of issuing the documents even in cases where the applicants did not qualify.

The two employees worked at the IKA office in Kerameikos, central Athens.

Their actions are alleged to have cost the state 150,000 euros.