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Kosvogiannis freed of fraud charges, but to go on trial for TRN offence

Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2019 | 10:38 AM
Dimitri Kosvogiannis - File photo

Former hotel manager Dimitrios Kosvogiannis has been freed of fraud-related charges.

Kosvogiannis was freed in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday after the prosecution offered no further evidence against him on both counts of obtaining money by false presence.

However, he is to go on trial on June 5 for breaching the Revenue Administration Act. 

He’s being accused of neglecting to furnish information connected to applications for Taxpayer Registration Numbers (TRN).

The police had reported that Kosvogiannis’ arrest last year July emanated from an intense investigation into several fraudulent activities involving two major banking institutions.

He was accused of acquiring several credit facilities from the institutions using different TRNs and names.

One of his lawyers Christopher Townsend today told The Gleaner that the legal team wrote to the Office of the Director of Prosecutions objecting to the allegations, arguing that their client was not involved in any fraudulent activities.  

Townsend said the office ruled that it would not offer any further evidence against Kosvogiannis on the fraud matter, but that the TRN issue could be pursued.

Townsend explained that the former hotel manager, who holds Greek and American citizenships, first received a TRN in the surname Cosvogiannis and received another TRN in the name Kosvogiannis.

He said his American passport has the name Cosvogiannis, while his Greek passport has the surname Kosvogiannis.

He noted that there is no “C” in the Greek alphabet.

Townsend argued that the entire affair is a misunderstanding and that there was no attempt by his client to deceive the authorities.

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