Attica Security police on Monday arrested a 33-year-old man accused of posing as the nephew of Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos and asking business people for money with the promise that he would intervene on their behalf so they might gain lucrative supply contracts for various church institutions.
The 33-year-old was arrested in a hospital where he had arranged to meet a business owner and receive the sum of 10,000 euros. The money was in marked notes, however, because the victim had already informed police, who were then able to move in and make an arrest.
Over the last three months, the impostor had succeeded in obtaining 77,912 euro from the same businessman in this way.
At the time of his arrest, the 33-year-old had on him the 10,000 euro in marked notes and a bank account passbook in which the money he had received was deposited. He was led before a public prosecutor.