Crackdown planned on property fraudsters
A large number of estate agencies, law firms and other go-betweens have sprung up in Greece to respond to demand from the thousands of non-European Union citizens interested in investing in the country to get a Golden Visa. In cooperation with Chinese travel agencies and local property owners, some of these businesses have been pocketing hefty commissions from unsuspecting buyers.
In the wake of allegations against entrepreneur Evangelos Papaevangelou, who is said to have illegally used Greek bank card terminals in China to receive payments for properties through his firm in Greece - Greek authorities are now planning to probe the real estate market for crime rings that inflate property prices.
Authorities including the Independent Authority for Public Revenue want to identify fraudsters who demand excessive commissions or aid in the illegal transfer of capital from...