Two men, an employee of the Larnaca water board and a pharmacist, were arrested in on Thursday in connection with falsifying prescriptions for drugs and obtaining more than €4,000.
In mid-December 2015 the head of finance of the Larnaca water board reported to police that an audit found a large increase of suspicious referrals to doctors by a 39-year-old employee.
After an investigation the finance manager allegedly found that the employee secured payments from the trade union SEK by submitting copies of previous prescriptions. He also found receipts issued by a 45-year-old pharmacist.
In total, 51 forged prescriptions from four different doctors in Larnaca were seized by police. Police secured arrest warrants for the two men and the house and the vehicle of the water board employee as well as the pharmacy were searched.
The 39-year-year-old was arrested at around 9am on Thursday morning and a subsequent search of his home found a number of drugs.
The 45-year-old man was arrested at the pharmacy. A number of forged prescriptions was found and seized.
When questioned, the 39-year-old admitted his guilt and stated that he was able to obtain a total of €4,415 from the trade union’s medical fund with the help of the pharmacist.
The pharmacist also admitted that he knowingly received the falsified prescriptions and issued receipts without supplying the drugs.
The two were arrested for forgery, circulation of forged documents and extortion under false pretences and are expected to be brought before the Larnaca district court.