Embezzler to re­turn gains

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A 52-year-old em­ployee at a tax of­fice in Kypseli, near cen­tral Athens, who is al­leged to have em­bez­zled more than 2 mil­lion eu­ros from his place of work told an in­ves­ti­gat­ing mag­is­trate yes­ter­day that he was pre­pared to re­turn the house, sports util­ity ve­hi­cle and is­land hol­i­day home that he pur­chased with his il­licit pro­ceeds, sources said.

In his tes­ti­mony yes­ter­day, Nikos An­dri­opou­los al­legedly ad­mit­ted to si­phon­ing off money from the tax of­fice be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing and pledged to re­turn all his pur­chases as well as some 165,000 eu­ros that is cur­rently in sev­eral bank ac­counts in Greece. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the 52-yearold was un­able to de­ter­mine ex­actly how much he had em­bez­zled. “I’ve been do­ing this job for three years and can­not cal­cu­late ex­actly how much,” he was quoted as say­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials of the Fi­nance Min­istry’s se­ri­ous crimes unit (SDOE), the to­tal amount em­bez­zled by An­dri­opou­los is closer to 2 mil­lion eu­ros.

The 52-year-old faces mul­ti­ple charges of mak­ing a false state­ment, em­bez­zle­ment and money laun­der­ing.

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