• Germany edition
 
Green official was 'pimp as well as fraudster'
Photo: DPA

Green official was 'pimp as well as fraudster'

Published: 16 Nov 2012 12:15 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Nov 2012 12:15 GMT+01:00

A disgraced Green Party official on trial for embezzling party funds to pay for affairs with prostitutes may also have run an escort service, it emerged this week.

Judge Jörg Tiemann announced the new allegation at the start of the second day of Christian Goetjes' trial on charges of embezzling around €274,000 from the Brandenburg Green Party between January 2010 and February 2011, when he served as party treasurer.

But in addition to that, the judge said on Thursday, "There are indications that the accused procures prostitutes for home and hotel visits." The 34-year-old may even have continued to do so after the start of his trial, Die Welt newspaper reported.

A Berlin police investigator reportedly found that for the past several months, Goetjes had operated as a pimp for Bulgarian prostitutes using two computers, making the arrangements via a mobile phone registered under his mother's name.

On top of that, he is also said to have driven the women to their appointments personally, arranged payment and taken half of the money as his cut. He had told the court last week that he lived on unemployment benefit.

Berlin state police submitted the new information on to the court on Wednesday - which was why, the judge explained, no witnesses could be called for Thursday. But one of the alleged prostitutes is to testify on Monday, November 26, when the trial resumes.

On the first day of his trial last week, Goetjes confessed to the embezzlement charges, but contended that he had taken the money not for himself, but to help the two Berlin prostitutes in question.

He said he met the first woman when she was working as a prostitute in the capital. Initially he paid to have sex with her, but later developed a personal relationship - and paid €20,000 for her to go to rehab to try to kick her heroin habit.

The court also heard that he started another relationship with a second prostitute who defrauded him of €200,000. She spun him a story about needing money to pay for her sister's hospital treatment, and how she was being blackmailed by a creditor.

The Local/bk

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

15:08 November 16, 2012 by Leo Strauss
'pimp as well as fraudster'

Sounds like a great slogan for all of the Bankster-run U.N. Agenda 21 Green Nazis.
15:16 November 16, 2012 by The-ex-pat
He should fit right into politics then..............
16:10 November 16, 2012 by raandy
He is one gullible person with a big heart and hard ^n ( he did give one lady 20K for rehab and the other xk for her ailing sister). Talk about the little head controlling the big one.
17:50 November 16, 2012 by sonriete
He could not have been a very good pimp if he had to pay the ladies himself.
19:04 November 16, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
So this is where the likes of Siemens usw. get their hookers. Nice.
20:48 November 16, 2012 by realist1961
circumcision and hookers, it's all we hear about
Today's headlines
German football
Bayer regain fourth in battle for Champions League spot
Photo: DPA

Bayer regain fourth in battle for Champions League spot

Bayer Leverkusen regained fourth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 4-1 romp at Nuremberg in their battle to retain their Champions League place for next season. READ () »

German ladies net Fed Cup final appearance
Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates her victory over Australia's Sam Stosur with teammates after their match in the Fed Cup semi-final. AFP Photo: Patrick Hamilton

German ladies net Fed Cup final appearance

Angelique Kerber put Germany into their first Fed Cup final in 22 years with a fighting victory over Australia's Samantha Stosur in the semi-final in Brisbane on Sunday. READ () »

Germany should make use of shale gas: EU
EU commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger pictured in Luxembourg in 2013. AFP Photo: Georges Gobet

Germany should make use of shale gas: EU

EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has urged Germany to make use of shale gas options and added that the he saw no danger of Europe's access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine. READ () »

Tennis aces close in on Fed Cup final
Members of the German Fed Cup Team celebrate after an earlier victory in the tournament. Photo: DPA

Tennis aces close in on Fed Cup final

Germany took hold of their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday, winning both the opening day singles to lead Australia 2-0 in Brisbane. READ () »

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany

Croatia extradited a former Yugoslav spy chief, Zdravko Mustac, to Germany on Thursday to face charges for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil. READ () »

German court jails Somali pirate for 12 years
An officer of the Lower Saxon Criminal Investigation Department (CID) securing evidence on the hijacked ship Marida Marguerite. Photo: DPA

German court jails Somali pirate for 12 years

A German court has sentenced a Somali pirate chief to 12 years in jail for hijacking a ship off the Horn of Africa and tormenting its crew during an eight-month ordeal. READ () »

New app helps clients find prostitutes
Photo: DPA

New app helps clients find prostitutes

While the German government is considering tightening prostitution laws, Berlin entrepreneurs have developed a smartphone app to connect sex-workers with clients. READ () »

Highs of 22C forecast for Easter weekend
Photo: DPA

Highs of 22C forecast for Easter weekend

The days running up to Easter may be cool and wet, but the holiday weekend should be a bit warmer for most of Germany, according to forecasters. READ () »

Berlin man must call himself a mother
The fight over the transgender man's right to be his child's official father has been raging since last year. Photo: DPA

Berlin man must call himself a mother

A transgender person who became the first man in Germany to give birth in March 2013 must be registered as the child's mother, a court has ruled after his year-long court battle to be named a father. READ () »

Study: rape convictions fall sharply
Photo: DPA

Study: rape convictions fall sharply

The chance of being convicted of rape in Germany has more than halved in the past two decades to fewer than one in ten, a major study revealed on Thursday. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Rhineland
Elderly man taped €200,000 to his genitals
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
What's the unemployment rate in your area of Germany?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Nine ways to celebrate Easter like a German
Photo: Galerie Bilderwelt
Gallery
World War I in colour photos
Photo: DPA
Society
'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Photo: DPA
Society
JobTalk: Why you should teach English in Germany
Photo: DPA
National
330,000 sign up against TV licence fee
Photo: DPA
Hamburg
School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party
Photo: Submitted
Frankfurt
'I'll get even with my old pal Schwarzenegger'
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The week in pictures: April 5th - April 11th
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Ten great inventions you (probably) didn't know were German
Photo: J. Arthur White
Berlin
Clashes in Berlin as refugees tear down their own camp
Advertisement:
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Munich's baby polar bears are finally named
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The 10 best German employers to work for
CurrencyFair
Sponsored Article
Why it pays to avoid banks when making overseas transfers
Mr. Lodge
Sponsored Article
How to find a furnished rental in Munich
Sponsored Article
How to make a lasting impression in business
Hult International Business School
Sponsored Article
What they don't teach you at Business School
Photo: DPA
Society
Nine jobs you can only do in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,024
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd