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Internet porn king probed for alleged tax fraud

Published: 11 Dec 2012 07:57 GMT+01:00

Fabian Thylmann, 34, was apprehended last week after a German court in the western city of Cologne issued a warrant, a court spokesman said late on Monday.

“Mr. Thylmann is currently in custody in Belgium awaiting extradition,” the spokesman told the daily newspaper Die Welt.

Thylmann also manages several other sites such as Pornhub, Brazzers and the German amateur pornography portal MyDirtyHobby. On Tuesday, police searched his home and offices and seized documents and computers.

Though his companies are registered in Luxembourg, Germany, Canada, Cyprus, the Untied States and Ireland, the porn mogul lives in a suburb of the Belgian capital Brussels.

Originally from Aachen in western Germany, Thylmann built up a pornography empire in just a few years through the holding company Manwin Holding SARL, according to Die Welt.

The paper recently reported on what it said were financial irregularities at the Manwin group, prompting Thylmann to take legal action to get the paper to cease and desist writing. Die Welt said it had contested the action and that a court ruling was expected before the end of the year.

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Your comments about this article

14:42 December 11, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I guess tax is the only thing Germany worries about. If you pay your taxes you can do what you like. A bit like buying indulgences from the church all those centuries ago.
18:35 December 11, 2012 by Englishted
@Berlin fuer alles

True ,come back Martin Long one Luther.
21:25 December 13, 2012 by blacksunne88
These scum-bags should be taxed at 98% of income. If they don't pay let them clean sewers and scrub latrines for the next 20 years. The filth should be put out of business.
00:05 December 14, 2012 by zeddriver
Porn king probed. HA! HA! Nice double entendre local.

Last I checked blacksunne88. His chosen career is not illegal. He and his business may not pass religious moral standards. But it is legal.
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