Former Thessaloniki mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos will be sent to Court charged with the embezzlement of 51.4 million euros from the municipality's coffers in the period 1997-2007.
Seventeen other persons will also be sent to court facing the same charges. The suspects include department directors, deputy mayors and a former general secretary. So far, one municipal employee has been jailed for embezzlement after admitting to stealing 1 million euros.
Papageorgopoulos served two terms as Thessaloniki mayor before being replaced by Yiannis Boutaris following last November’s local elections.
Boutaris accused Papageorgopoulos of providing inaccurate financial figures when he took over at City Hall. Papageorgopoulos denies all charges.
Some information for this report was provided by AMNA, Kathimerini
Watch from MEGA (in Greek)- Στο εδώλιο ο Παπαγεωργόπουλος για τα 51,4 εκατ. ευρώ