Cyprus Mail

Three suspects in homeless scam to face trial

Limassol district court

Three suspects accused of running a homeless persons scam and defrauding the state of funds are set to face trial on November 11.

The three suspects involved in the scam, operating via a hotel in Limassol, pleaded not guilty.

It appears the suspects would go out and find homeless people and take them to the hotel and then allegedly ‘cook the books’ to make it look as if the homeless people were staying longer than they were to gain more of the funding.

It is understood they cheated the state of €35,000.

The 46-year-old president of the movement for the homeless, the 57-year-old hotel owner and the 66-year-old receptionist were indicted at a Limassol court on Tuesday.

The charges against them are conspiracy to commit an offence, obtaining funds under false pretences and fraud. They are currently released but under restrictive measures.

They were arrested last October, along with a 75-year-old man suspected of lying about being homeless, whose case was handled separately. The scam lasted for about a year.

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