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Greek birth certificate probe in 'Maria' case

8:48 AM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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ATHENS, Greece  -- A top Greek prosecutor has ordered an emergency nationwide investigation into birth certificates issued in the past six years after a girl was discovered living with alleged abductors at a gypsy camp.

Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani ordered the inquiry Tuesday for birth certificates issued after Jan. 1, 2008, amid news media reports of benefit fraud by families declaring births in multiple administrative regions.

A couple has been jailed on charges of abduction and document fraud. "Maria" believed to aged 5-6 was taken into protective care last week after DNA tests established that the couple was not her natural parents.

The Associated Press

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