Bauhaus villa scammer gets probation for plot
A woman who posed as a millionaire's heiress to live in a luxury villa for six days was sentenced on Monday to 14 months for the stunt.
Mandy T. and her then-boyfriend approached a real estate agent pretending to be interested buyers in a 5000-square-metre property in Bauhaus style valued at €1.11 million in Hamburg.
The pair told the agent that she was a millionaire heiress looking to set herself up with a new home.
She was really a restaurant worker from Quedlinburg in Saxony-Anhalt. Her boyfriend was unemployed.
After agreeing to buy the house and its contents, the boyfriend signed and notarised a sales contract and presented the agent with a fake money transfer receipt. The pair moved in, reported the Bild newspaper, even bringing their possessions with them.
However, six days later with no money appearing in the estate agent's bank account, the gig was up and Mandy T. and her co-conspirator moved out in a hurry, leaving the real estate agent to pick up the bill.
The things they moved in with were also left behind in the house.
In court, the 23-year-old said she was just going along with her ex-boyfriend's plan.
"Unfortunately, I took part but didn't really think about it," she said.
It wasn't the first time the swindler stood before the courts. According to Bild, she had already served 15 months probation for 38 counts of fraud in 2011. In 2013, she ordered a €99,000 Mercedes but was not able to pay the bill when time came to do so.
Despite the six-day-long stint as a millionaire's heiress in her modern mansion, she said that it wasn't that great.
"We didn't really feel all that great. We also lost half of our possessions," she said.