Police crack ring issuing fake disability certificates

Seven suspects have been arrested on suspicion of running a ring that issued fake disability certificates, allowing their clients to cash an estimated 700,000 euros in illegal benefits, police said Monday.

So far authorities have evidence of embezzlement for 44 out of 253 suspected cases. Authorities have not identified the seven suspects, which include a 50-year-old woman, a 53-year-old IKA employee and a 66-year-old cardiologist.

The ring is said to have charged between 1,200 euros – 2,000 euros in exchange for the fabricated documents. The seven have been charged with fraud, forgery and membership in a criminal organization.