NewsFraud process against "Tatort" star Joe Bausch dropped

Fraud process against "Tatort" star Joe Bausch dropped

The Düsseldorf district court found that the actor and doctor had no intent to defraud. But now Joe Bausch has to pay for his official apartment.

Düsseldorf – The fraud process against the “Tatort” actor and ex-prison doctor Joe Bausch (68) has been discontinued. The Düsseldorf district court found on Tuesday that Bausch could not be proven to have the intent required for a conviction for fraud.

The public prosecutor had accused Bausch of not paying rent for his official apartment for six years. Due to an error in the State Office for Salaries, Bausch was not deducted from his salary for years for the monthly amount of 801 euros for the official apartment.

The public prosecutor had accused the prominent pensioner that, as a civil servant, he should have pointed out the error to the salary office. However, like his tax advisor, he simply did not notice that the amount was no longer deducted from him, said Bausch.

Settle the outstanding amount

The court gave him two conditions: the 68-year-old must pay an outstanding amount of 9,700 euros and waive a tax refund of 16,600 euros.

The 68-year-old said after the hearing that he was happy that it was over after three years, even though he “rather grudgingly accepted” the decision. Bausch, who had to sit in the dock on Tuesday, said he had done nothing wrong. “The people who helped cause it weren’t sitting there.”

Bausch was a prison doctor in Werl in Westphalia for 32 years. Since 1997, the actor with the distinctive bald head has also played the forensic doctor Joseph Roth in Cologne’s “Tatort”.J dpa

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