Priest Arrested for Swindling Jobseekers

priest arrested

A 30-year-old priest was arrested in Thessaloniki Monday for defrauding at least 166 jobseekers whom he had promised work across Europe via a bogus recruitment agency.

The priest is thought to be the leader of a group of criminals who swindled more than 78,000 euros out of unsuspecting victims by persuading them to deposit money into various banking accounts in order to move forward with a supposed recruitment process.

The 30-year old priest, who was ordained last August and had been working at the church in Lagadas, Thessaloniki, has already been arrested.

While presenting the case, the Thessaloniki police chief said that the defendant had been arrested in August 2008 for similar scams amounting to 132,000 euros. However, he was released on bail by the criminal court.

Explaining the conmen’s method, a Greek police spokesperson stated that, having posted adverts in newspapers and online, they would ask prospective victims who responded for a resumé and to sign a contract of employment. “Initially they took 100 euros, then another 100, before charging 492 euros for drafting a contract,” noted the spokesperson, adding that the money was deposited in the accounts of third parties before the criminals routed it through proxies to get their hands on it. “They set up a kind of proxy pyramid,” he said.


  1. “. . .the defendant had been arrested in August 2008 for similar scams amounting to 132,000 euros. However, he was released on bail by the criminal court.”

  2. I can’t understand how he was ordained after having a criminal record for predatory practices. Another example of Greece’s catch and release program for criminals.

  3. Just one more example of how crime and punishment in Greece is totally inconsistent, prejudicial, influenced, corrupt and often carried out from the lowest police officer to the highest courts at the whims of whom ever in on duty that day.
    The policies ‘revolving door’ and ‘catch and release’ when it comes to entertaininers and the politically connected, leaves a bad taste to anyone who looking at this culture form the outside in–scrutinizing its faults and need for fundamental changes.
    It boggles the mind that incidents like giving a murderous, bomb-making terrorist enough furloughs until he finally got the hint to escape for good can go on.

  4. Sometimes I wonder when will we hear of vigilantes (off duty police and others) taking the authority to be judge, jury and executioner of the privileged and those that have walked away from their debt to society because of a broken justice system. I do not think we are there yet but basis of the backlog of our judicial system and the chronic behind the scenes case fixing, I do not believe we are far off.

  5. PC: I agree and I am quite amazed at the patience ( timerity? stupidity?) of people to let such injustice prevail here. The injustice is simply a growing cancer that is taking the whole creature down. Othe countries are not so tolerant of injustice, arrogance or greed at the public’s expense–keep an eye on how the French and Turks are going to handle recent discoveries of corruption in their halls of power. We have already seen dramatic reactions in the Middle Eastern world. I am not inciting or wish to see violence myself, but if the authorities don’t start carefully reading the bold handwriting on the walls, there will soon no doubt be those who will become “judge, jury and executioner” for a system that is non-existent or just too corrupt to remain.

  6. That, and having a few beers. Greece does have some nice brews. . .and let’s not forget when the weather is nice, exceptional venues to enjoy a good hike. You?

  7. I have a few Irish friends that regardless of their age seem to morph back into their twenties and I attempt to moderate the discussion with Hellenic logic over a few pints. I enjoy plucking their emotional strings by wearing a suggestion of Green (actually Panathinaikos sweater) and lecture them that St. Patrick was actually a Roman who needed the Shamrock to explain the Trinity through their big thick Irish skulls. This usually results in a traditional sharp Irish verbal bashing (if I am lucky), that I have come to enjoy and savor as we have grown older but not necessarily wiser. “God bless the Irish and those that wish they were” ended the day’s celebration.

  8. Sounds like some ‘good ole boys.’ I have found the Irish to be on a par with Greeks when it comes to glendi–dancing, drinking, eating, and celebrating what is good about the world. Speaking of the Irish, you might have noticed I used W. B. Yates’ poem “The Second Coming” in a rant recently to express to my extremeist friends on here how these days,

    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.”

    Tell that to your Irish friends–one of their bards is being quoted–they will be honored and proud, no doubt.

    Keep up the good fight!