Akis Tsohatzopoulos is a former Greek Minister and Vicky Stamati is his wife, both of whom are temporarily imprisoned on money laundering charges. Both claim that they are not involved in the financial scandal they are accused of and have proved, from the very first moment of their marriage, that they have expensive taste.
Their marriage was held in Paris, at the famous and expensive Four Seasons hotel. Back then, many Greeks disapproved of the expenses but no one said so in public, due to lack of evidence, that the money the couple is fond of spending would be the Greeks’ money coming from several payoffs, as their accusers say.
The average well-paid Greek receives (or at least, received before the austerity measures and the crisis) approximately 30,000 euros annually; that’s the amount of money Vicky Stamati spent in February 2006 for two sofas. In reality, she spent even more than this for her living room. She paid 34,860 euros for the sofas and 21,480 for a coffee table! These are the bills found by the judicial authorities at the couple’s home, or mansion as would be more appropriate. Their home is located just opposite the Parthenon. If you have ever visited the new Acropolis Museum, you have definitely walked in front of their house. Oh, it’s just a common building, from the garden of which you can admire the ancient Greek Acropolis while having your freddo cappuccino…
Stamati spent 4,990 euros for furniture in October 2006, 2,760 euros for a curtain fabric for the nursery and 6,740 for the curtains in the master bedroom. She also spent 8,986.82 euros for other curtains in the same year. Don’t forget, behind the curtains they have a grand view of the Acropolis. The rest of the items needed to have a completely beautiful living room, such as sofa fringes and a cord, cost 3,100 euros in total!
The most interesting part of this story is that Stamati’s annual income, according to the statement of earnings in 2006, was only 25,457.83 euros.