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Extradited man in custody over land scam

A 62-year-old Limassol man wanted in connection with taking a large deposit some five years ago for the sale of a piece of land he had nothing to do with, was arrested following his extradition Wednesday from Greece.

In August 2011, a 65-year-old man reported to police that the apprehended man had presented himself as the manager of the property in Monagrouli, Limassol district and had secured from him a down payment of €45,000 towards the sale price of €250,000. The suspect had told the potential buyer the field belonged to another person who had appointed him to sell it.

The fraud was uncovered after police contacted the 63-year-old owner of the land who is a Cypriot residing in England who said that he had never appointed or agreed with anyone to sell his property.

An international arrest warrant was issued by the authorities after they could not get hold of the suspect for questioning and came to the conclusion he had fled abroad.

The man was arrested by the Limassol CID who are investigated a case of conspiracy to commit a felony, forgery, presenting forged documents, impersonation and extortion under false pretences.

The man was extradited after Greek police identified and arrested him last month.

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