Fraud­ster lived as monk for 8 years

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A 48-year-old civil ser­vant sentenced to three life terms for mul­ti­ple cases of fraud and em­bez­zle­ment has been liv­ing in the monas­tic com­mu­nity of Mount Athos, north­ern Greece, for the past eight years, po­lice said yes­ter­day after ar­rest­ing the fugi­tive.

The man, a for­mer ac­coun­tant at the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Dafni-Hymet­tus, was con­victed in ab­sen­tia in 2011, along with three ac­com­plices, for em­bez­zling 9 mil­lion euros from mu­nic­i­pal cof­fers. Po­lice ar­rested him on Mon­day in Karyes, the ad­min­is­tra­tive cap­i­tal of the Mount Athos com­mu­nity, after he was seen on the boat that serves the cross­ing be­tween the ports of Ou­ra­noupo­lis and Dafni. The man had been liv­ing in her­mitages for eight years, mas­querad­ing as a novice monk, po­lice said.

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