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Third person charged in will fraud case

A third person was charged Friday in what Pasco County detectives describe as a two-year conspiracy to defraud the heirs to a Tarpon Springs man's $350,000 estate.

Christina Likomitros, 24, was accused of notarizing a phony will created and signed by five other people.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into possible foul play in the 1991 death of John Apocotos.

Pasco County sheriff's Detective Scott Gattuso, who arrested Likomitros, said she turned herself in and admitted that she had notarized the Apocotos will July 11, 1991, after her then-husband had threatened her.

Detectives charge that Apocotos did not sign the will, which left his entire estate to a Tarpon Springs acquaintance sought by detectives. Instead, detectives say, Apocotos' signature was forged.

Two days after the will was notarized, the 86-year-old Apocotos died of an apparent heart attack, according to his death certificate. No autopsy was performed. Prosecutors said Thursday they are considering exhuming Apocotos' body to check for foul play. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case because Likomitros said she notarized it at her home in Holiday.

Christina Likomitros' ex-husband, 38-year-old Georgios "George" D. Likomitros of Palm Harbor, was charged Thursday with grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft. George Prasinos, 31, of Tarpon Springs was charged with the same crimes.

Authorities are searching for three other suspects. Their names were listed in arrest documents for George Likomitros and Prasinos and in civil case records.

Andreas Antonis "Andy" Zoanas, 33, a native of Greece and the former owner of Mr. Souvlaki restaurant in Tarpon Springs. He was the beneficiary of what detectives say was the forged will.

Kathleen Ergos, 42, of Tarpon Springs.

Panteleimon "Pete" Kavouklis, whose age was not available, of Tarpon Springs.

Christina Likomitros, who is said to be cooperating in the investigation, was released Friday on her own recognizance. As of Friday evening, George Likomitros and Prasinos were being held in the Pasco County jail.

George Likomitros was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail, and Prasinos was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.