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Brandenburg Green party treasurer vanishes with €40,000

The Local · 25 Feb 2011, 09:28

Published: 25 Feb 2011 09:28 GMT+01:00

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State Green party officials said they didn’t want to jump to conclusions when they discovered their accounts were suddenly thousands of euros lighter this week.

But now suspicion is falling firmly on Christian Goetjes, who had served as the Brandenburg chapter's treasurer since 2000 and had access to the accounts before disappearing without a trace.

“We are absolutely shocked,” Annalena Baerbock, co-chair of the state party, told Die Welt.

Goetjes, 33, had turned in his resignation on Monday, giving time constraints as one reason but adding that he wanted to explain his decision personally to the party executive at its next meeting. He never showed up and could not be reached.

As a routine matter, the executive performed a check of the party’s accounts. They noticed several cash withdrawals had been made over the previous days without their knowledge. According to Baerbock, only a small group of people had access to the accounts and all of them have been questioned, except Goetjes.

“Given the facts of the matter, we feel we have to press charges,” Baerbock said.

But Goetjes’ current whereabouts are still a mystery, even to his parents, who have since filed a missing person’s report.

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“We have no clue where he might be,” said a police spokesperson.

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10:04 February 25, 2011 by Johnne
:-)) that´s what the finacial crisis brings officers!!
11:06 February 25, 2011 by pepsionice
I bet he went on a Green holiday.

Forty thousand Euro....might last a regular guy two years. My guess is that he fled off to some Spanish territory.
14:14 February 25, 2011 by JDee
sabotage / subterfuge? will be curious to see who else he was working for, BND or some other agency? doesn't seem like the rational act of a thief. i.e. its kinda of obvious who has done it and where exactly is he planning to go to, it's not really enough money to start a new life in South America or anything is it??

what just trying to find the other anti-green hit piece that was on the site yesterday?
23:36 February 25, 2011 by toemag
What an amateur, €40k hardly worth it really, and if he had access to their accounts and that was all he could get, they are broke lol.
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