Sor­ras hit with ar­ray of charges

Of­fi­cial is­sues list of of­fenses fugi­tive ‘tril­lion­aire’ is be­lieved to have com­mit­ted

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The Athens pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice yes­ter­day pub­lished a long list of charges against self-pro­claimed tril­lion­aire Artemis Sor­ras and seven close as­so­ci­ates that in­cludes al­most ev­ery crime in the Greek pe­nal code save murder.

Sor­ras and seven of his as­so­ci­ates in his ul­tra­na­tion­al­ist Con­ven­tion of Greeks move­ment are ac­cused of rack­e­teer­ing, mul­ti­ple fraud against in­di­vid­u­als, the state, banks and so­cial se­cu­rity funds, en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to com­mit crime, per­jury and money laun­der­ing, among other crimes.

In Jan­uary, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stavros Kon­to­nis called for the merg­ing of sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the man who claims to have enough money to pay off Greece’s pub­lic debt and that of ev­ery Greek cit­i­zen. The ini­tia­tive brought to light what ap­pears to be a ma­jor scam whereby thou­sands of cit­i­zens were en­cour­aged to pay for mem­ber­ship in Con­ven­tion of Greeks in ex­change for false as­sur­ances that their debts would be paid off from an imag­i­nary fund.

Ac­cord­ing to a ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, some 12,000 Greeks have sent let­ters to banks, tax of­fices and so­cial se­cu­rity providers to which they owe money “au­tho­riz­ing” them to claim their debts from the bo­gus fund. The IKA fund alone is owed 4.7 mil­lion euros by 115 cit­i­zens who sub­mit­ted such “au­tho­riza­tions,” the probe found.

Sor­ras re­mains at large since a Pa­tra court slapped him with an eight-year term for em­bez­zle­ment ear­lier this month.

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