News Local Larnaca: Fake jobs scammer jailed for seven years

Larnaca: Fake jobs scammer jailed for seven years

Larnaca Criminal Court on Monday sentenced Mohamed Jamel Ben Hassen, also known as Yiorgos Krasopoulos, to seven years in jail after he pleaded guilty to scamming 267 unemployed Cypriots with the promise of a job in France in 2013.

The 64 year old Tunisian national had in 2013 scammed €165,000 from the victims, sending 72 of them to France even though he knew there was no job waiting for them there.

He had received €620 from each one. More than 450 people are believed to have been duped, though many did not file a complaint with police

The court described the action as organized fraud and targeted exploitation of dozens of citizens.

The case was first revealed in July, 2013 by Phileleftheros which led Larnaca CID to launch an investigation.

Krasopoulos was extradited to Cyprus in January, 2019 after completing a jail term in Greece for fraud.

Police said that in June 2013, the company Krasopoulos International Ltd had advertised job vacancies for a residential project in Lille, France, promising good wages and accommodation.

Employees undertook to pay €620 on the signing of their contract and another €600 when they started work in France.

In early September 2013, 72 people traveled to Lille to take up employment only to find that there were no jobs.

Read more

https://in-cyprus.com/suspect-in-fake-jobs-scam-remanded-in-custody/

 

Top Stories

19 people test positive to Covid-19

Another 19 people have tested positive for coronavirus, the Health Ministry announced on Monday, marginally below yesterday's levels (20). This brings the total number of...

Covid-19: 13 complaints against police for ‘arbitrary’ fines

More than a dozen citizens have filed complaints against police officers to the Independent Police Commission regarding their enforcement of decrees aiming to contain...

€750 student allowance: how to access the funds

The Education Ministry said on Monday that it was ready to start transfers of the €750  allowance to students who have remained abroad for...

EU privacy watchdog calls for pan-European mobile app for virus tracking

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) called on Monday for a pan-European mobile app to track the spread of the coronavirus instead of the...

Interior Ministry rejects criticism over conditions at reception centres

The Interior Ministry on Monday rebuffed criticism over conditions at the Kophinou and Kokkinotrimithia reception centres for asylum seekers and said that it is...

Taste

Halloumi bread

Sift the flour with the salt into a bowl and mix in the yeast and lemon rind. Make a well in the centre of...

Tahinopita (Tahini pie)

A Tahinopita is a sweet pastry that is made of tahini paste (roasted sesame seed puree), with local carob syrup. Although enjoyed all year...

Pantzaria salata (Beetroot salad)

Rinse the beetroot, cutting the leaves off if they have any (the leaves can be boiled and served with olive oil and lemon). Put...

Olive pies with orange juice

Mix the flour with the oil until it has all been absorbed.  (you can do this in a mixer). Then, make a well in...