By Constantinos Psillides
A 39-year old Greek Cypriot man and his partner, a 31-year old Russian woman, admitted on Tuesday to stealing almost half a million euros from their former employer, a Russian businessman, a police source told the Cyprus Mail.
According to the source, the couple were tasked by the Russian businessman in 2012 to broker a deal with a local land developer for a house in the Ayios Athanasios area in Limassol for €500,000.
The couple, who were employed in two Limassol-based companies owned by the Russian businessman, proceeded with closing the deal, but the businessman had a change of heart and decided not to go through with the deal.
Activating a clause in the contract that stipulated that he could back out of the agreement provided that he paid a fee to the developer, the businessman authorised the couple to recover €470,000.
While the developer agreed and returned the money to the couple, they never handed any of that money to their employer and did not return his calls. In 2013, the businessman reported the case to the police.
“It took us time to wrap up this case and we are now at the close. Having gathered enough evidence to build a case, we brought the two suspects in for questioning. They admitted to the crime and promised to return the money,” said the source, adding that despite this the police will still prosecute them.
“The case file will be concluded over the next few days and sent to the Attorney General’s office with the recommendation to prosecute.”