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Greek Mystery Child: Nationwide Birth Certificate Probe Ordered

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In this undated photo released by Greek Police shows a four-year-old girl at an unknown location. Greek authorities on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 have requested international assistance to identify the four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents. A police statement says the child was located Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2013 near the town of Farsala, central Greece, during a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities in Gypsy cam | AP

ATHENS, Greece -- ATHENS, Greece (AP) — 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.

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