Convict cashed in on doctors’ esprit de corps

A convicted con man has been charged with resuming his fraudulent money-spinning schemes from Athens’s Korydallos Prison, police said yesterday. The convict, a Cypriot national whom police only identified as T.K., 62, allegedly used the prison’s public phones to defraud three Thessaloniki doctors out of a total of 3,100 euros over the past three weeks. Speaking in a thick Cypriot accent, the suspect introduced himself as the head of a Nicosia intensive-care unit and asked his supposed colleagues for cash donations to bail out an imaginary Cypriot doctor in trouble with the Greek authorities, police said. The doctors duly deposited the money in bank accounts controlled by the convict’s accomplices – three Athens businessmen who have also been charged. The scheme collapsed when one of the victims informed the police.