LARNACA – A 65-year-old Greek national was remanded for eight days in custody on Wednesday in connection with a recruitment scam which duped over 200 unemployed Greek Cypriots into paying cash in exchange for ‘guaranteed employment’ in France.
Speaking during the remand hearing at Larnaca District Court, case investigator Charis Evdokimou confirmed that suspect Anastasios Mavas was arrested in Athens on Tuesday and immediately brought to Cyprus.
He reminded that the victims of the September 2013 scam, the majority of whom are unemployed Cypriot men, each paid a €650 cash deposit to a sham recruitment agency in Larnaca and then travelled to Lille expecting to start new jobs. They realised they had been conned upon their arrival in France as they were unable to get through to the firm they were supposed to start working at.
Evdokimou said Mavas is believed to be the recruitment agency representative who escorted the victims to France and disappeared shortly after their arrival.
He added that an international arrest warrant is still pending for another suspect – Tunisian national Mohamet Jamel Ben Hassen, 58 - whom investigators believe is the owner of the sham agency.