ATHENS – After her husband was charged with getting his job 34 years ago by forging a college degree, Democratic Left (DIMAR) MP Maria Yiannakaki said he should be prosecuted.
Yiannakaki said he should “face the consequences set out by the law” after an ongoing vetting of credentials for Greek workers found the fake certificate he used to get a job with the municipality of Korydallos in the capital city.
“I ask that my family is treated in absolutely the same way as any other family,” said Yiannakaki in a statement, while stressing that her husband’s decisions are not connected in any way to her political actions.
The government recently started inspecting all the qualifications used by municipal employees to get their jobs. It emerged that the MP’s husband, Costas Gasparinatos, had provided a fake degree from an English university to secure his hiring in 1980.
There was no word on whether he was removed from is post as it’s almost impossible in Greece to remove workers for wrongdoing unless they are fired under a sweeping government program to cut the workforce on orders of international lenders. That has mostly targeted lower-paid workers with no political connections.
The use of fake credentials to get jobs is reportedly rampant although many others get their jobs through political connections even if they have no real qualifications anyway.