Greece Charges 30 in Hospital Equipment Fraud Case

Thirty people will be tried on fraud charges in connection to the sale of orthopedic equipment to a number of Greek hospitals.

ATHENS – Thirty people will be tried on fraud charges in connection to the sale of orthopedic equipment to Greek hospitals by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson between 2000 and 2006, according to court documents seen by Kathimerini.

Executives of the company DePuy are alleged to have bribed Greek doctors in order to secure contracts for the equipment, a sector said to be rife with corruption.

Representatives of the company in Greece, as well as from its UK headquarters, are among those that will go to trial, along with doctors accused of accepting under-the-table payments. The trial is expected to start in the second half of October.

In 2011, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $76.9 million to US authorities to settle legal action regarding bribery in Greece, Poland, Romania and Iraq.

Greece is among the most corrupt countries in Europe and the world according to the monitoring agency Transparency International.