Shipowner Restis Responds to Embezzlement Accusations
In a statement made on behalf of Greek shipowner Victor Restis regarding recent allegations, the Restis Group said, “Mr. Restis is shocked by the false accusations of criminal wrongdoing made by a former employee. He will vigorously respond to these allegations. Mr. Restis is confident that a thorough investigation by the Greek authorities will reveal that the accusations of criminal wrongdoing are baseless and that he will be vindicated."
Restis was arrested in Athens Tuesday by officers of Greece’s Organized Crimes Squad (DOE), on suspicion of money laundering, embezzlement, fraud and the establishment of a criminal organization, Reuters reported.
According to police and court officials, Restis, who owns a shipping fleet and is involved with various Greek media, is accused of using his influence over the FBB bank to secure loans and funds of up to €500 million for people and companies with whom he had ties, including many in Iran.
Source: Reuters, staff