The couple have become the faces of political excess and corruption in Greece.
The scapegoats, for what is a political class in Athens that has stolen hundreds of billions from the Greek people and European Union funds, former PASOK Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos and his wife Vicky Stamati made the fatal mistake, not of stealing billions (most Greek politicians were stealing), but of flaunting their stolen money to the point of ridiculous.
- An outrageously expensive marriage (some estimates have the cost at 250,000 euros) in Paris, at the famous and expensive Four Seasons hotel.
- Vicky Stamati’s February 2006 living room shopping escapade that rang up a 34,860 euro twin sofa purchase, and a 21,480 euro coffee table.
- Let’s also not forget her 4,990 euro purchase of furniture in October 2006, and 2,760 euros spent for curtain fabric for their baby’s nursery, and 6,740 euros for curtains in the master bedroom.
- Stamati also spent an additional 8,986.82 euros for more curtains in the same year (she likes curtains), and spent 3,100 euros for curtain “accessories” like fringes and cords.
- The power couple also maintained a mansion located just opposite the Parthenon, with a spectacular view of the Acropolis from the garden.
Stamati’s annual income, according to the statement of earnings in 2006, was 25,457.83 euros.
The fall from grace, via Ekathimerini…
Viki Stamati, the wife of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos who is serving a prison term for money laundering in an Athens psychiatric hospital, was recovering on Monday after other patients at the institution stopped her from taking her own life, Stamati’s lawyer said.
According to Frangiskos Ragousis, Stamati grabbed a knife from the institution’s dining room and tried to slit her wrists but was stopped by other residents.
Ragousis said Stamati was in “a terrible state” after finding out that her 8-year-old son, who is being cared for by his grandparents, had been hospitalized with intense stomach pains amid fears of appendicitis.
The 52-year-old had requested a furlough to see her son ahead of the August 15 national holiday but it was denied by authorities, the lawyer said.
Stamati has made several appeals to have her prison term commuted to house arrest but all of them have been rejected.