Annett R., who co-runs a brothel in the eastern town of Bautzen, reportedly stole the ID card from 29-year-old Sebastian G., one of her regular customers, it was reported in Bild newspaper on Wednesday.
“My sister took the ID card from Mr. G. and gave it to me,” her brother Maik R., 26, testified in court on Tuesday. “It was clear to both of us that we were going to use it to get money.”
Maik forged an address sticker with his own address and stuck it to the ID card. “Then I opened an account with his details at the Norisbank and applied for €39,200 in credit from ‘easy credit,' ” he told the court.
Maik R., who apparently looks reasonably similar to Sebastian G., was only required to identify himself with the ID card at a post office, and the money was transferred to the new account. “I spent €13,000 on electronic appliances and a BMW straight away,” Maik said.
Unfortunately for Maik, police were keeping tabs on his real account through a separate fraud investigation, and they soon noticed immense transfers from a certain Sebastian G. He had reported his ID card “lost at a DIY shop,” though he later admitted visiting the brothel.
The court sentenced Maik R. to 18 months in prison, but his conviction triggers a previous suspended sentence for internet fraud which will be added. Annett R., 25, now faces a similar trial.