A 40-year-old woman from Bulgaria was jailed for two years by the Larnaca court on Wednesday for defrauding her 95-year-old Cypriot stepfather of €40,000 during the sale of a flat in 2014.
Annie Kristova, whose mother aged 59 was married to the pensioner, tricked him into giving her power of attorney for the transfer of the proceeds of the sale.
According to the facts of the case in September 2014 the pensioner went to a real estate agent to sell the flat in Larnaca. The real estate agent found buyers from Ukraine and sold the flat for €42,000. It was agreed the money would be transferred by September 2015.
But then the real estate agent visited the 95-year-old to transfer the proceeds Kristovoa said her mother was in Bulgaria and could not come back to help finalise the paperwork. The pensioner than gave Kristova power of attorney to handle the transaction, which she but then fled to Bulgaria with the money. Cypriot authorities eventually tracked her down and she was extradited to Cyprus in January this year when she admitted to charges of conspiracy to commit felony, and theft.