Thessaloniki: How the priest and the consecrated priest deceived believers by grabbing over 1.3 million.

Incredible fraud case in Thessaloniki. A 68-year-old priest with the help of a 61-year-old, who had been deposed by, “took” more than 1,347,740 euros from believers, convincing them to strengthen them financially, because the first would certainly be the new Metropolitan and that his “backroom” election process had to be strengthened! In fact, in order to give serious consideration to the scheme they set up in Thessaloniki, they showed false letters, which emerged, the first accused drafted and delivered to the priest. Senders-authors of these letters were allegedly the Archdiocese of Athens, the Ministry of Finance, a specific service of the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic, and even the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Thus, they lived in luxury cars and homes, without having any specific work that would justify enrichment. After complaints from deceived citizens a police investigation was carried out – a preliminary inquiry into the offence of fraud, following complaints from six sufferers against the two defendants. As it emerged, the two defendants, as of the month of November 2018, took advantage of his status as a priest and especially the influence he exercised, especially on believers who were associating with him and by fraudulent means, falsely stated that he is certain to elect the 68-year-old priest accused as a new Metropolitan of Thessaloniki giving various sums of money and gifts to natural persons and bodies, while promising that the money they gave would be returned to them. As part of the investigation, an economic investigation (departments of banking secrecy and collection of tax data) was also carried out, which revealed that at least EUR 1,347,740 were obtained from their victims (of which EUR 582,000 from confirmed transfers of sufferers’ money), during the period investigated, 01-01-2018 to 13-06-2023. Also, the course of money was verified, until they were transferred to accounts of the 61-year-old, but also their consumption by him, through a luxurious lifestyle. Transfers of funds to third parties also occurred. They were seized: Mercedes ML350 brand car, first accused, 2 portable USB storage devices, printer, various bank deposit booklets, handwritten notes, different letters, 2 mobile phones and 2 portable computers.