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Social worker steals from orphans in his care

The Local · 19 Mar 2011, 14:30

Published: 19 Mar 2011 14:30 GMT+01:00

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"The man faces charges in just under 580 cases," Hans Hugo Heimgärtner, spokesman for the Göttingen prosecutors' office, told the Göttinger Tageblatt newspaper, which reported the story on Saturday.

The 56-year-old, who has now been suspended, was assigned as a guardian to orphaned children or others who had been placed with child protective services. In that function, he was tasked with administering their bank accounts and inheritance matters.

According to prosecutors, between 2004 and 2009 he is alleged to have made regular transfers of several hundred euros from bank accounts belonging to 54 of his charges to his own. Larger amounts would be transferred among several different accounts until finally ending up in his pocket.

He apparently used the money to finance a luxurious lifestyle, which included expensive watches and cars.

In 2009, a young person noticed irregularities in his account and informed authorities, who then began an investigation. Prosecutors have charged the man with embezzlement and computer fraud, among other offences.

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15:06 March 19, 2011 by auniquecorn
He was just following the examples from his govt.
16:17 March 19, 2011 by catjones
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, tomorrow, the sun will come out tomorrow.
16:54 March 19, 2011 by oneforall
Stealing from poor children who already lost their parents, and now have to grow up to know that some scumbag stole their money too.

Shame on this 'social' worker. How does he sleep at night?
23:55 March 19, 2011 by William Thirteen
well those expensive watches and fancy cars weren't just going to buy themselves now, were they?
00:42 March 20, 2011 by cobalisk
"He was just following the examples from his govt."

What gov't is that?

There is ZERO evidence that the German government steals from the citizenry. Talk about scapegoating...

Such a remark is truly noxious and only belies your own reactionary agenda
06:42 March 20, 2011 by Wrench

You are absolutely right! The German government doesn't steal it.....they just give it away like Robin Hood. (The "poor" being themselves, family and friends and foreign governments)
08:08 March 20, 2011 by auniquecorn
I did´nt say the govt STEALS, I stated that this guy uses an unlicensed money transmittal system, Where as the Govt uses a fraudelent transmittal system.

Its only a ststement above, dont get your panties in a wad.
18:37 March 20, 2011 by tallady
What a low life ,steals from the poor..
18:47 March 20, 2011 by derExDeutsche
'Steal' is such an ugly word... 'Mismanaged' is much more 'of the times'. either way the money is gone.

They tax Moritz, mismanage his money, then send a lump sum to Max.

Max is this social worker, Max is Greece, Max is the Euro, Max is Global Warming, Max is the Pension system, the beneficiary list goes on and on.

Moritz however, is only 1. Robbed, hoodwinked, bamboozeled, razzle dazzled, con'ed, whatever, the moneys gone, and you were misled.
20:02 March 20, 2011 by cobalisk

Tax money, what is it used for?

Roads, Health Insurance, Schools, Universities, Churches, TV, Defense, Government Services, deficit financing, repayment of bonds and holdings, subsidies to farmers, factories and universities.

In other words the stuff that makes this country great. I have no problem with paying taxes because I know, as do the majority of Germans that it is overwhelmingly used well.

Screaming about misuse and robbery and whatever else is just rubbish. Taxes build societies and the countries with the lower tax ratios seem to be the ones with the crumbling societies. Funny how that works.
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