Cyprus Police have been rounding up suspects in connection with fraud and deception cases under investigation, including a man accused of promising fame to unsuspecting artists under false pretenses.
Local media said a 50-year-old local male was arrested on Saturday in Paphos in connection with multiple fraud charges, after he was accused of defrauding citizens.
The suspected con artist is accused of swindling money from unsuspecting citizens, after reports said in at least two different districts he had managed to secure cash by telling people he was facing economic hardship and needed to care for his sick child.
Reports also said in at least two different districts he had managed to secure cash by telling people he was facing economic hardship and needed to care for his sick child
In other cases the suspect, who was known to law enforcement authorities, had been approaching individuals telling them he as a successful film producer and persuading them to give him money on a promise to make them famous.
According to additional media reports, citizens got wind of his alleged offenses back in 2019 when the suspect pretended to be a director of a series on local television, prompting a group to alert others in the industry.
Police also arrested two women, a 41-year-old Limassol woman on Friday and another 30-year-old female on Sunday, both of whom were being accused of defrauding citizens.
Local media said the two women were facing close to two dozen charges over allegations of swindling some €90,000 from citizens who were promised state funding for energy and renovation projects.
According to details in the case, the two women allegedly persuaded under false pretenses a number of individuals to give money on the promise the suspects would secure approved state funding for energy projects as well as renovation work for homes in mountain rural areas.
Knews has learned that in one case a company boss in Limassol back in April got some €15,000 from an individual back, while another case involved approximately €5700.
Offenses under investigation in the case include illegal gains under false pretenses, stealing by agent, and money laundering.