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German authorities to sue 'lying Dutchman'

The Local · 19 Jun 2012, 13:07

Published: 19 Jun 2012 13:07 GMT+02:00

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On Monday, van Helsum was forced to leave the care home in Berlin where he had been put up by the welfare office, which had assumed he was a minor.

He lived there at the taxpayer's expense for ten months, at a reported total cost of €30,000, including €140 pocket money a month.

"We will file a suit for fraudulent appropriation of youth benefits during the course of the week," Ed Koch, spokesman for the district youth welfare office, told Berlin's B.Z. newspaper. "We're going to demand this money back. Whether we ever see it again, we don't know."

Van Helsum showed up at Berlin's town hall last September claiming he was a 17-year-old called Ray, and had been living in the forest for the past five years with his father. His fanciful story, that his father had died in the forest, leaving him instructions to walk north until he found civilisation, bamboozled police, press, and state authorities for ten months.

It was only when police persuaded him to allow them to release a photo of him earlier this month that he was identified by his family and friends in Hengelo, the Netherlands, and the true story began to emerge: he had disappeared from his hometown last September, and his father had been alive at the time, though he has since died.

Further details about van Helsum's past have also emerged. His former flatmate told the Berliner Zeitung last weekend that he had been a normal young man, but had been showing signs of being bored and depressed with his life shortly before his disappearance.

Dutch media have also reported that van Helsum had a difficult family history with complicated relationships with both parents. He also reportedly had a two-year-old son.

Dutch police said on Monday that they would not be making any more comments on the story, other than that he had not committed any crimes in the Netherlands.

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But there is also some mystery about his current whereabouts - according to Tuesday’s Die Welt newspaper van Helsum has not been seen or heard from since he left his Berlin care home on Monday.

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13:09 June 19, 2012 by pepsionice
I'd suggest putting him to work in some old folks home for six months, and then kicking him back to the Netherlands, with the stipulation that he never cross the border again.
13:43 June 19, 2012 by auniquecorn
Has not been seen or heard from?

Head East young man, Head East
13:49 June 19, 2012 by kohcherp
How did they come up with 30000 for 10 months? that works out to 3000 per month!
14:33 June 19, 2012 by Bushdiver
I'd like to know that as well. 6000 would seem much closer to reality and even that is a bit high. Maybe he's back in the forest again.
17:31 June 19, 2012 by BobbyBaxter
Jeez, 30.000 - might explain why taxes are so high in Germany.....mind you, with Germany's numpty policmen working on the case I am sure they helped rack up most of the costs.
18:14 June 19, 2012 by lucksi
He has a son? This get's better and better.

Although, there is your reason folks.
22:13 June 19, 2012 by Russell E. Willis
Ephesians 4:25 ( KJV; 1611 EDITION ) reads as follows:

"Wherefore putting away lying, speake euery man truth with his neighbour : for we are members one of another."

Lying is a sin, and Robin van Helsum is going to learn a lesson as a result of his sinful behavior.

Sincerely in Christ,

Russell E. Willis

P.S. - Please read Proverbs 23:23.
22:49 June 19, 2012 by Tonapah
Lot's of luck with that. He's about as likely to pay back what he owes as the Greeks are. Better off conscripting him into the army, and garnishing his wages to pay child support for his two year old child.

How about the geniuses who conducted this investigation? Why not dock their pay for a less than stellar performance, and put it to what he owes.

The balance can be payed by Katja Kipping. She's so eager to dock everyone else's pay that she should be first in line to donate hers.

I wonder how much she shovels in for doing nothing.
12:41 June 20, 2012 by benjahmin

Im sure the Greeks will happily pay thir way once Germany finishes writing out that reperations cheque thats 70 years late. They shouldnt pay it anyway its a fraud, Nobody should.

Just like the gentleman above, the banks have spun us a yarn (i.e "this is your debt and you need to pay" and we bought it. Sending bankers to jail for FRAUD will solve the problem, not Greeks paying back anything Look at iceland, they told the banks to get lost and found out afterwards that over 90% of the debt was not theirs.
16:59 June 20, 2012 by Tonapah

Ah, reparations! There's a nice excuse. Yes, you're right. Don't pay back anything you owe. Just tell those you owe it to: "Shove it.".
00:10 June 22, 2012 by franconia
United States ---- $198.00 per day in N.Y. $50 000 a year in CA $122.00 per day for an illegal Alien . All you posters have been away to long from your country.

Reparations: in 1947 Greece asked for 10 Billion , Russia suggested to give them 20 Billion. P.S. It has been paid and then some. Does not include 1.2 Billion in free Machinery. The Greeks are getting nasty now , because the carefree livestyle is catching up. No more Ouzi, no more getting up late and sitting in Cafes all day. German Tourists spent Millions, maybe Billons in 50 years and when they tighten their wallets , like in 2008 , the Greeks get the jitters. It is time to work now !!!
12:51 June 25, 2012 by rgmanalo
3,000 euros in 10 months living expenses for a boy!?! I believe that's an exaggeration! Calling on this article's editor, please....check your writer's facts and figures first.
16:08 July 2, 2012 by MydogMax
He should be charged with wasting fokes time. What an poor excuse for attention.
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