Ten public hospital doctors, also members of DePuy company, have been charged with fraud.
The case concerns the supply of highly priced orthopedic products to the Greek State, supplied by the company Johnson & Johnson group.
The Greek judicial authorities uncovered that the cost of orthopedic products was so high because some extra “bonuses” for doctors were tacked on the price.
The case file data revealed that the orthopedic products were being sold for 35 percent above the company’s normal price, while the doctors’ bribes reached 20 percent of the cost, an amount that the Greek public sector had to pay.
The investigators of the case, Sp. Georgouleas and Chr. Markou, are expected to summon approximately 30 people suspected of being involved in the case, to testify. Those involved will be charged with a series of felonies depending on their involvement, such as misappropriation of public funds, being an accomplice and instigator of fraud, bribery and money-laundering.