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Head of Tax Office in Evia Detained for Extortion after Testimony

ATHENS – The head of the tax office in Chalkida, Evia and another staff member were detained on Friday after testifying over charges of corruption.

Another five were released on restrictions, including a ban on leaving the country, posting bail, and showing up at their local police station twice a month.

All seven have been charged with several crimes including extortion that was corroborated by business owners’ testimonies. Specifically, the charges include, per individual, setting up a criminal organization, receiving bribes, breach of duty, extortion, bribery, and possession of arms.

Another eight people have been implicated through phone conversation police acquired; they include another tax office employee in Chalkida and another seven private individuals facing charges of bribing public servants.

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