The island’s Commissioner for Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organizations Yiannakis Yiannaki resigned on Wednesday following allegations his high school diploma and university degree were forged.
The report to the police was made by Auditor General who pointed out that the alleged fraud documents had paved the way for Yiannakis’ appointment first at the Youth Board of Cyprus (ONEK) and gradually to the high-profile Commissioner’s post back in 2013.
The accusation was made anonymously, but was accompanied with documents that do show alterations (photo below).
Yiannakis was appointed at ONEK back in 1996 and became permanent employee in 2007. In 2008, he was appointed to the position of Youth Officer.
A few days earlier, the Youth Officer’s personnel department received the additional required qualification of his degree in civil engineering with which Yiannakis was meeting the qualifications.
President Nicos Anastasiades appointed him as Volunteer Commissioner in May 2013.