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Farmer bribes man for cash and lamb meat

A 50-year-old farmer demanded a slaughtered lamb and 1,500 euros from a 36-year-old businessman in Ioannina, northern Greece, in exchange for helping the businessman avoid an audit by the government’s financial crimes inspectors, police said. The farmer allegedly told the businessman that his top-level contacts at the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE), which has been replaced by the Special Investigation Service (SIS), could block the audit. The businessman then contacted police, who arranged for him to pay the blackmailing farmer in marked banknotes. It was not clear whether the lamb was also handed over with the cash. The farmer told police that he had no SDOE or SIS connections and made up the story because he had financial problems and needed money.