Gang preys on ad­dicts for IDs

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Po­lice and ju­di­cial authorities have gath­ered ev­i­dence which sug­gests that at least one gang is ex­ploit­ing drug ad­dicts in Athens in or­der to get their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­pers so they can ob­tain credit cards to pur­chase ex­pen­sive goods, which they never pay for.

Kathimerini un­der­stands that po­lice have ob­tained tes­ti­mony from a 22-year-old ad­dict from Kal­lithea, south­ern Athens, who was told that he would be given be­tween 20 and 50 eu­ros a day so he could get his fix if he handed over his ID card to a mem­ber of the gang. The 22year-old did so and the ID was used to ob­tain a credit card in his name.

The gang al­legedly bought 14,000 eu­ros’ worth of goods, in­clud­ing a mo­tor­bike, with the card. The ad­dict also signed up to 30 of­fi­cial doc­u­ments that the gang could use to get more credit cards or loans. Authorities are look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity that tax of­fi­cials or bank em­ploy­ees co­op­er­ated with the crim­i­nals.

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