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Trial at District Court: Revenge: Bonn man raided ex’s bank account

Trial at District Court : Revenge: Bonn man raided ex’s bank account

It was a revenge campaign of an unusual kind, that a man from Bonn embarked on after his relationship with his girlfriend ended: Now he got the (quittance)sentence for that.

It was a revenge campaign of an unusual kind, that a man from Bonn embarked on after his relationship with his girlfriend ended: Now he has got the punishment for that.

The District Court sentenced him to ten months in jail. The 51-yer-old had not only raided the ex’s bank account with a fake signature, but he also subscribed to an online sex page with her bank details.

He was accused of fraud, computer fraud and document fraud and now has got his comeuppance. He was sentenced to ten months in jail on probation. „The accused had been convicted for fraud four times previously“, said court spokesperson Gabriela Wester.

But that didn’t keep the Bonn man from committing more fraud to „payback“ his ex-girlfriend. Despite being out on parole during the new crimes and having been released from jail only a few months previously, where he was imprisoned for breach of terms of probation. Nevertheless he faked his ex’s signatures on two bank transfer slips in May and June last year and remitted 1,000 and 1,500 Euro to his bank account. To escape notice he threw the forms in to the bank’s special letter box.

The first transfer was done, but the second one did not go through: Somebody at the bank thought it was suspicious. The most perfidious coup he landed on June 8, 2017. He subscribed as „man for certain hours“ with his profile picture on a sex contact page and signed up for a three-month contract for just under 90 Euro with her address and using her bank details. In October, he also signed a contract for mobile phone tracking in her name.

The ex-girlfirend knew full well who was behind all this: The 51-year-old who couldn’t handle that she didn’t want a relationship with him anymore. She had some trouble because of him before, when he ordered stuff online with her her bank account details; even a debt collection company was after her to get overdue payments settled.

In the course of revenge, the man even went so far as to disparage her at her employers.

In court, the fraudster admitted everything sheepishly. He affirmed that he was sorry for what he had done and asked for forgiveness. When the court also imposed a payment of 1,000 Euro reparation to the victim, the 50-year-old woman had one request only: The court should not pass on her bank details for any repayment. Obviously she didn’t trust the man and his apology at all.

Original text: Rita Klein

Translation: Mareike Graepel