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They want life imprisonment for Laurentiadis

21 March 2012 / 20:03:59  GRReporter
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Laurentios Laurentiadis is facing life imprisonment after the economic prosecutor George Peponis has raised six charges against the former owner of Proton Bank. Prosecutors have required an immediate ban on the businessman to travel abroad, and his arrest. The ban on travelling abroad applies to some of Laurentiadis closest associates involved in the case of Proton. They are Smaragda Liarmakoupolou - executive member, Antonios Atanasoglou - Deputy Director and Board Member, Trifonas Kolintzas - Board Member, Dimitris Saramantis - Deputy CEO and Petros Kiriakidis - borrower.
Laurentiadis is accused of setting up and managing a criminal organization, as well as involvement in repeated fraud and misuse of state property according to law 1608/50. The second is considered a felony and involves a life sentence, specified Peponis, who has been dealing with the investigation less than a year now, but believes there is sufficient evidence to send the former banker and current culprit behind bars for decades. The prosecutors' list of Laurentiadis offences continues with accusations of fraud against the shareholders - a view shared by the regional prosecutor Yiannis Dragatsis. Not least is the charge of laundering money from illegal activities.

Prosecutors are determined to get to the bottom of the story of fraud and money withdrawing known in Greece as the "Proton" file and Pepois has ordered the investigation to be extended. Currently, the economic police are checking the involvement of 27 other people who were close associates of the businessman. At present, they are all denying that they knew anything about the suspicious funding of Laurentiadis’ firms with over 701 million euro.

The complaint against the owner of Proton in which he was defined as a leading figure in a criminal group was filed in the middle of January this year. It stated that he provided loans to local and offshore companies in order to redeem Proton subsidiaries himself - Alapis and Elfe. After a detailed inspection, experts have found that the irregular transactions were made through complex, but hasty procedures that left traces in the documents. In many cases, these loans were granted to companies established on the same day or several days before the transaction. Technically, they were not able to develop any activity worthy of funding for such a short time, but received credits for millions.

Tags: CompaniesProtonLaurentiadisLife imprisonmentInvestigation
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