The public prosecutor’s office had demanded several years’ imprisonment for the couple in 14 cases for attempted insurance fraud, and the defense lawyers had pleaded for acquittal.
Judge on the accused: “Considerable criminal energy”
The 5th Large Criminal Chamber of the Kiel Regional Court saw the offense of attempted fraud as fulfilled in only one of the 14 accused cases. In the other 13 cases, the presiding judge felt that preparations to commit fraud remained. And: Preparations are not punishable. In his judgment, the judge made it clear that the defendant was the driving force behind the project and that his wife and elderly mother were involved.
The judge spoke of “considerable criminal energy.”
Public prosecutor’s office announces revision
The line between trial and preparation is difficult to draw, said Chief Prosecutor Michael Bimler after the verdict was announced. In his view, this limit had been exceeded from the moment the insurance companies reported the alleged death of the man. Because of this, the public prosecutor’s office announced that it would challenge the judgment, which was not yet final.
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The insurance companies also required a death certificate. According to the court, this is in the general terms and conditions of all insurance companies – only one is not.
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