Army sergeant among eight tied to fuel smuggling racket

A senior army officer, a fuel trader and six Georgian nationals have been implicated in a racket believed to have siphoned off 300,000 liters of fuel from a pipeline used by the military.

According to the case file, some 170,000 euros worth of fuel was stolen over the past two years by members of the ring tapping into the pipeline which runs from the central city of Larissa to northern Greece. After being siphoned off from the pipeline, the fuel is said to have been transferred to a truck belonging to the fuel trader. The scam was traced when the truck overturned.

The officer, who is ranked sergeant, is alleged to have played a leading role, supplying the other suspects with information. All face theft and smuggling charges.

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