Fraud victim aimed high

An Athens policeman and his wife have been charged with membership in a gang of fraudsters that stole 40,000 euros from a businessman who believed that he was bribing senior officials, including the Supreme Court president. The officer, who has been suspended, and three of his four alleged accomplices managed to evade arrest. However, the fifth alleged gang member, the policeman’s wife, was taken into custody and charged with forgery and fraud, police said on Friday. The gang managed to persuade their victim that they could help him overcome certain financial and legal problems by introducing him to the right officials to bribe. Police said the officer’s wife introduced herself as an employee of Greece’s secret service, the National Information Service (EYP), using forged EYP identification. Her husband allegedly accompanied her to meetings with the businessman, while the other three suspects allegedly presented themselves as a high-ranking EYP officer, an appeals court prosecutor and the Supreme Court president.

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