Greek Orthodox Monks and Nuns Facing Charges of Fraud



emmaoi-thumb-largeDeputy prosecutor Dimitris Mitroulias requested the referral of six people to the three-member Felony Court of Thessaloniki regarding a scam that was set up at a Greek Orthodox convent near the city.

The deputy prosecutor proposed that two monks, a nun and three citizens, one of which is a lawyer, should be put to trial.

According to his proposal, the defendants are responsible for 29 loan agreements that decreased the convent’s funds by 28 million euros. Furthermore, Mitroulias noted that the same group stole 4.2 million euros that were meant for the construction of a home for the elderly and people in need, and added them to their personal funds.

Moreover, the Greek Financial Crime Unit (SDOE) conducted an investigation and found that the group had received large bank loans, while they also lent to “faithful” people for the purchase of real estate. The investigation brought to light that the group had founded an off shore company in an African country, which they used to conduct suspicious transactions.

Lastly, the deputy prosecutor requested the acquittal of the convent’s abbess and one of the nuns, so that they would not be put to trial. Over the next few days, the Thessaloniki Board of Appeals will issue a statement regarding its decision on whether the accused should be put to trial.