"I was a driven man, the stock market ruled my whole life and my free time", this is how a 49-year-old former banker defended himself in court. His work in a financial institution in the district of kronach also suffered from his speculative addiction. This began in the morning with the checking of the stock exchange rates. Even though he had sworn many times to stop immediately after winning, he had not been able to stop his actions.
Since monday, the man has had to answer to the first gross criminal division of the coburg regional court. Prosecutor sarah roll accuses him of defrauding unsuspecting customers of their savings in more than 160 cases in order to enrich himself. The smallest amount that kronach unjustifiably took is 53.66 euros, according to the prosecution, and the largest amount is over 50 euros.000 euros. In total, the banker is alleged to have defrauded eleven customers of the branch, where he held a senior position, out of more than 500,000 euros over a period from june 2011 to may 2016.000 euros. Before that, the man is said to have dipped into the bank's coffers. In order to conceal the deficit, according to the public prosecutor's office, the man made a total of 161 debits from the accounts of his customers, in some cases forging signatures.
Forged signature of wife
But that was not all: in june 2015, the defendant allegedly signed a loan agreement for 15 euros with a financial institution.000 euros. In addition he falsified the signature of his wife. Another sum over almost 15.According to the indictment, he had previously brought 000 euros to himself in a similar manner. He is also alleged to have forged his son's signature in order to obtain a sum of 9,000 euros.000 euro to come. The public prosecutor's office brought charges. She accuses the kronacher of unfaithfulness in combination with theft, forgery of documents and fraud.
The man was largely confessing and also admitted the rough part of the 161 cases. He regrets what he has done to others because of his speculative addiction, he said. During his apprenticeship as a banker, he quickly came into contact with stock exchange transactions and became addicted to them. "In the beginning, the sums that I used were manageable", he explained to the judges. "The intensity increased successively." early losses – among other things, the man gambled away a five-digit fortune that he had received as a result of a lottery win in the family – he had wanted to make up for with other losses, he stated. He was constantly and everywhere involved in trading and account balances, taking out loans and borrowing on his life insurance, always believing that he could make up for the losses. His family was not aware of these activities, explained the man from kronach. He pretended to them an ideal world, while he lost the complete control and also the overview already for a long time and nevertheless "always continued" have.
In addiction therapy treatment
In his despair, he turned to alcohol and drank champagne even before going to work, he stated. The 49-year-old spent almost a year in custody at the kronach correctional facility.
After his release this year, he began volunteering and sought addiction treatment. An expert from wurzburg, who is a specialist in psychiatry, is to clarify whether the man acted under duress as stated.