Two arrested in 1.5m bank, identity scam

Two men suspected of being part of a gang that swindled over 1.5 million euros from a range of banks using forged documents have been arrested, police said yesterday. The pair, both Greeks, were picked up by officers from the Attica Police financial crimes department on Friday as they were allegedly poised to withdraw 5,000 euros from the National Bank of Greece, from which they had obtained a loan for that amount. Officers said that the suspected conmen were in possession of 55 credit cards from various banks, three check books, 125 forged tax return statements from several tax offices and photocopies of a number of other people’s identity cards. Police suspect the men may have been part of a gang that was using the false documents to trick several banks into granting them loans and credit cards.