Farm co-ops stole 4 mln eu­ros in EU cash, SDOE finds

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As part of a na­tion­wide in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sus­pected mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Euro­pean Union sub­si­dies, of­fi­cers of the Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad (SDOE) have traced two agri­cul­tural co­op­er­a­tives in Epirus, north­ern Greece, be­lieved to have pock­eted 4 mil­lion eu­ros in EU money.

The co­op­er­a­tives se­cured two sub­si­dies, one worth 2.8 mil­lion eu­ros and the other 1.2 mil­lion eu­ros, for the pur­pose of build­ing re­frig­er­a­tion units for their pro­duce, Skai un­der­stands. But, ac­cord­ing to SDOE’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it ap­pears that the bulk of the money went into the pock­ets of uniden­ti­fied in­di­vid­u­als fol­low­ing the fal­si­fi­ca­tion of in­voices and the over­pric­ing of con­tracts.

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