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Status: 10.02.2021 10:28 p.m.

In the fraud trial in Kiel for a faked death in the Baltic Sea, the main defendant was sentenced to a suspended sentence of one year and nine months.  The  public prosecutor wants to challenge the verdict.

He is said to have faked his death to get insurance sums in the millions for his wife and mother. © www.de24.news

 The  Kiel district court sentenced the main defendant, a 53-year-old, to a suspended sentence on Wednesday. © www.de24.news

 The  man was given a year and nine months and his co-accused wife was sentenced to one year probation. © www.de24.news

 The  case against the mother was cut off because of health problems. © www.de24.news

 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.

The defendant is sitting in the courtroom wearing mouth and nose protection.  © dpa photo: Frank Molter

AUDIO: Fraud trial: Kiel district court imposes suspended sentences (1 min)

Judge on the accused: “Considerable criminal energy”

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 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. © www.de24.news

 The  judge spoke of “considerable criminal energy.”

A defendant and his defense lawyer sit in a courtroom.  © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Frank Molter

© www.de24.news The  53-year-old defendant is given a suspended sentence.

Public prosecutor’s office announces revision

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 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.

Faked death in a boat accident

According to the public prosecutor’s office, the couple had a sophisticated plan: © www.de24.news

 The  man faked his death in a boat accident – his wife and mother collect more than four million euros from life insurance. But the plan failed. © www.de24.news

 The  police found the accused alive in his mother’s attic in Lower Saxony. © www.de24.news

 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.

Further information

NDR reporter Rafael Czajkowski stands in front of the Kiel district court © NDR
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He is said to have faked his death – the main defendant was given a suspended sentence of one year and nine months. 2 min

A man hides his face in court © NDR Photo: Axel Heimken

It’s about insurance fraud in the millions: © www.de24.news

 The  main defendant is released after the decision of the Kiel Regional Court. more

The statue of Justitia is backlit with scales and a sword in hand.  © picture-alliance Photo: Arne Dedert

It’s about millions of dollars in insurance fraud. © www.de24.news

 The  prosecutor requested four years in prison for the accused. more

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