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Green official stole to fund prostitute affairs

The Local · 5 Nov 2012, 14:43

Published: 05 Nov 2012 14:43 GMT+01:00

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Christian Goetjes, 34, suddenly resigned all his posts in the party and disappeared in February 2011, only for the police to find him in Berlin shortly afterwards.

On Monday he faced charges of transferring more than €200,000 from the Brandenburg Green Party account to his own. He is also accused of using additional party funds to cover €14,000 of his own bills - and of having taken around €54,000 in cash.

He broadly admitted all the allegations at the start of his trial at Potsdam district court, saying he had spent the money on the two women.

He said he met the first woman when she was working as a prostitute in Berlin. Initially he paid to see her, but later developed a personal relationship with her - and paid €20,000 for her to go to rehab to try to kick her heroin habit.

The court also heard that he started another relationship with a second prostitute who defrauded him of a total of €200,000. She spun him a story about needing money to pay for her sister's hospital treatment, and how she was being blackmailed by a creditor.

She then disappeared, leaving Goetjes alone, broke, and having raided the bank account of his party.

A civil trial of the case this spring was settled when the Green Party's leadership accepted his offer to repay at least €65,000.

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15:22 November 5, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
He is in the wrong organisation. In private enterprise they provide the hookers as part of the remuneration. It is about time this perk was taxed by the finanzamt.
16:54 November 5, 2012 by Englishted
€250,000 on prostitutes? don't know about green but some parts must be red .
18:34 November 5, 2012 by neunElf
It's hard to believe, but I finally found something with which I can agree with Englishted !
19:57 November 5, 2012 by StoutViking
The "Kaviarlinke" at its true form. Well, at least he stolen from the party's finances. Those who sit in the govt. steal directly from the state.
20:42 November 5, 2012 by lucksi
If only there was a position in a party that would take a closer look at accounts to prevent this from happening.

...oh, right :D
23:11 November 5, 2012 by nemo999
I guess these two women have at least taken a well earned vacation.
01:55 November 6, 2012 by jmclewis
Gosh this guy is a lazy Sucker for a Prostitute in distress..... he should have tried harder to get a real girl friend they would not have had such expensive problems at worst he would have paid her rent or car repairs from time to time.
15:06 November 6, 2012 by lordkorner
Was that 250:000 euro all spent on the prostitutes or did he also squander some of it.
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