"Like clockwork for years, the cooperation between a used car dealer (37) in the district of wurzburg and an employee (46) of the registration office in the district administration office ran smoothly. Yesterday, a rough criminal division of the regional court sentenced the two men, who lived in the same town, to four years in prison each.
With small amounts, five or ten euros for small cases, the clerk in the district administration office has been "classically fed" by the dealer with his own repair shop and washing trough, so the court. In the beginning, he only took applications to the office and brought the documents back in the evening, so that the motor vehicle technician could save himself the trip to the district office. Gradually, however, the expectations have risen, and so have the counter-performance.
Finally, the master mechanic determined what was entered in the vehicle documents. Used cars have been falsified by falsifying the initial registration and thus increased in price, inspection dates have been postponed and technical changes documented in the vehicle have not been made at all.
"Vehicles were registered which were not roadworthy in that condition", prosecutor dr. Reinhold emmert.
The man from the office was also rewarded by leaving vehicles free of charge, right up to the top to the 5 series BMW and convertible as well as free workshop service.
According to the court and the prosecutor, the used car dealer was undoubtedly the "driving force" in the whole affair had been. When he caught the employee, he did not let him go and when the man from the registration office actually wanted to get out, he preferred not to risk it for fear of dangerous people behind him. They were there no spab know, had been told to him. The prosecution assumes that there is at least one other "criminal level" above the used car dealer with a workshop and a car wash gives. On the sidelines of the trial, there was talk of circles with a migration background. The dealer did not want to give any information about this.
Although several hundred cases of false certification in office and incitement to it, fraud, bribery and corruptibility were accused, the court was able to stop taking evidence after barely three hours of trial. The used car dealer and the former employee of the registration office had "sung like canaries" and admitted everything.
The criminal palette of the used car dealer also included extensive insurance fraud: old damages were declared as new and worked on in the workshop at inflated prices or even only settled,. By participating in fictitious accidents outside the village, vehicle owners were able to "settle" outstanding repair bills. Or they could get credit for their involvement in planned pile-ups on used cars that were actually too expensive for them. Insurance companies are said to have been defrauded of over half a million euros in this way. There were provoked accidents, which one loved to take up even by the police.
The car mechanic came from home to the court hearing, the ex-employee from custody and there he was brought by police officers: because he lost not only his job but also his wife and children in the corruption case children, is the court with him in view of the gross "shambles" of increased risk of flight was assumed. The family has also left him because the house had to be sold and his debt is 70 000 euros.
Before his arrest, he had already undergone psychotherapeutic treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders. The two men, who had no previous convictions and did not exchange a word with each other during the trial, were told by the court that they could expect to be released on probation after serving half their sentences. At least, the recommendation will be written in the sentencing memorandum.
The four-year prison sentences became effective immediately, since the defendants, like the prosecutor, waived their right to appeal.
A salesman from the vehicle sector, more of a marginal figure in the dock, was the third man to "get away" with a nine-month custodial sentence for inciting false certification. He had heard about the fact that an employee in the district office meets customers under certain circumstances and had successfully tried this in a dozen cases.