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"Billion Mike" and policewoman admit bribery

Why does a policewoman fall for a legendary impostor? The 45-year-old confesses in court in Hamburg that she hoped for help from “Billion Mike” in an emergency.

Hamburg (dpa) – In a process of bribery and corruptibility at the Hamburg district court, a Berlin police officer and a fraudster known as “Billion Mike” have made confessions.

The defendant former officer admitted on Monday that between February 2018 and April 2019 she had requested data for the co-defendant in the police information system and passed it on to the now 65-year-old. It was about the question of whether there was an arrest warrant against him or whether his partner’s driving license was valid. “Billion Mike” also wanted information on a prominent friend. In return, he is said to have paid at least 500 euros.

Because of her gambling addiction, she was in financial distress after the birth of her second child, said the 45-year-old woman. She wrote to around 50 celebrities via Facebook and asked for financial help. Then she received an offer from the co-defendant. “I couldn’t believe it, it was such a happy moment,” said the defendant. When asked by the presiding judge, she admitted that she already knew about the criminal career of her alleged patron. Nevertheless, she met the man in a Berlin luxury hotel. Allegedly he promised her 100,000 euros. “I lost pride and dignity in one day,” said the 45-year-old tearfully.

The accused with multiple criminal records is co-author of the book “Billions Mike: I ripped them all off”, published eight years ago. The media have often reported on his colorful life. At the beginning of his testimony in court, he frankly admitted: “We all know here that I am not an angel.” He also does not deny that he had cheated on the co-defendant: “I wanted to fool her a bit, it was no more than that.”

But then he needed the data from the police system every now and then. He gets fines every day and doesn’t even open his mail anymore. Once he was detained at the border when he was returning to Germany because an arrest warrant was available. He paid the fine straight away, but: “That was so embarrassing!” He wanted to avoid such a situation in the future. According to the indictment of “Mäuschen” several times, he wanted to know “whether he was clean”. The officer checked the police system and replied, “Miki”.

The 65-year-old is currently serving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence in Berlin, to which he was sentenced by the Hamburg Regional Court in November 2019. As part of the criminal proceedings at the time, the investigators had also come across his contacts with the police officer, as a court spokesman said. The officer has since been released from the Berlin police service at her own request.

According to the chairman judge Ulrike Schönfelder, “Billion Mike” has already spent 28 years of his life behind bars. He has also not yet paid his last fine. But the 65-year-old firmly rejects this and asserts that he can prove the payment. “Ah, cool,” thinks the judge.

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