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Salesman caught in prescription scam

A 50-year-old pharmaceutical company salesman is set to be charged with defrauding social security funds of more than 200,000 euros, police on Crete revealed this weekend. Officers raided the unnamed suspect’s home in Hania, Crete, on Saturday and confiscated 19 allegedly forged doctors’ stamps and 34 patients’ health booklets, which are also not thought to be genuine. Police believe the salesman would write phony prescriptions for non-existent patients. He would collect the drugs for free, as the social security funds paid for them, and then sell the medicine. Officers said the suspect was taken into custody for questioning, during which he admitted to his part in the scam but it is not clear if any doctors or other health officials were involved.