By Bejay Browne
THREE people have been arrested in Paphos in connection with allegedly swindling an 87 year old British resident out of half a million euros, police said yesterday.
A spokesman for Paphos police said the octogenarian reported that he was swindled by the three suspects after he showed an interest to buy land in the district.
He said he was shown five separate pieces of land in Polis Chrysochous and in the picturesque villages of Kritou Terra and Inia by the trio in 2012.
The elderly Paphos resident claims that they extorted around €500,000 from him.
The police spokesman said: “The 87 year old man said he made an agreement to purchase five pieces of land for a sum and was only given three. In addition, one of the five pieces of land he was shown was close to the coast in Polis, but the piece of land in Polis he actually bought, is nowhere near the sea.”
“He said they showed him other land – a prime piece – and not the land he eventually got.”
According to police, a 47-year-old man and two women aged 79 and 84 from Paphos were arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the case.
“They were arrested for allegedly conspiring to commit fraud in a land sale. The two women were released and the 47 year old man was handed an 8 day remand order by the Paphos court.”
The spokesman confirmed that Paphos CID is investigating the case and a raft of charges could be faced.
“Officers are currently following leads and checking all of the relevant documents to see if any of them are forged. Also, if a fraudulent transaction has taken place and conspiring to commit a felony and other charges.”