Dead bride con artist uncovered

A dead daughter, a wedding dress and a funeral parlor were some of the components of a scam a 36-year-old man had set up in different parts of Greece, police said yesterday, in an operation that had earned him more than 3,000 euros in just a few months. Police said the man, from Serres in northern Greece, had set up meetings with different funeral parlors in order to make the necessary arrangements for the funeral of the daughter he claimed had just passed away at a local hospital. He would then ask for some 300 euros to buy a wedding dress in which he wished to bury his deceased daughter and promised to return the money when paying in full for the funeral. With the excuse that he was heading to buy the wedding gown, he would then disappear. Police arrested the man, who has a 14-year-old daughter, after going undercover at a funeral home he was targeting in Xanthi, northern Greece. The man had pulled off the stunt in more than eight cities, officers said.

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