Israeli tourist arrested in Mykonos for counterfeit 500 euro banknotes is now free

Mykonos police

The Mykonos police arrested a 21-year-old man from Israel as he was in possession of counterfeit 500 euro banknotes.

The 21-year-old on Wednesday entered a store of a well-known fashion house in Chora of the island, Proto Thema reported.

After he had done his shopping, it was time to pay at the cash register and then he took out five 500 euro bills.

During the check carried out by the store employee, doubts arose about the authenticity of the banknotes and the police were notified.

The next day in the morning there was another check at a bank branch and it was found that they were counterfeit.

Police have launched an investigation to determine whether he has trafficked other counterfeit notes in Mykonos and whether he acted alone.


The Israeli tourists defence attorney, Michalis Dimitrakopoulos, said that his client was released following his testimony, with the consent of the Syros misdemeanor prosecutor.

"My client is the son of a respectable Israeli family, who spent hundreds of thousands of euros in cash during their 5-day vacation in Mykonos, and there was no problem," he said. "We requested that the 5 alleged counterfeit banknotes be checked by the Bank of Greece."

"In the 34 years that I have been a lawyer, an Israeli citizen has never been involved in a case with counterfeit banknotes," he added.

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