A 35-year-old Danish policeman is accused of having deceived foreigners by giving them bogus fines for about DKK 30,000 ($4,350).
At least 16 times the policeman drove around in police vehicles and gave traffic fines to foreigners. The money was put in his own pocket, states the public prosecutor who indicted the 35-year-old policeman, for among other things, embezzlement, abuse of power and theft and illegal use of one or more police motorcycles and squad cars.
It turns out that it was a pure coincidence that the policeman were caught - by his own colleagues.
- Police found a fine in a car, and it seemed it did not appear to be drafted in the official way, as such must be, says Public Prosecutor, Mads Schønning Frandsen, to Ritzau.
The creative fine collecting took place from June 2013 to February 2014, when the officer stopped foreign "offenders" and had them pay the fines in cash.
All in all, the policeman gave bogus fines of DKK 27,700, and further a DKK 4,500 fine, who the officer gave a Swedish driver.
The accused was not alone in his criminal enterprise, claims the prosecution, and the police officer's girlfriend is also charged.
She allegedly urged him to do the illegal acts and received part of the money.
According to the indictment, several times during the summer and autumn of 2013, the policeman sent SMS messages to his girlfriend, where he in code language told how much money he had charged.
"Has a man to three kilograms of candy", "320 foreign kisses, 2400 Danish" and "just stopped a Polish man for a kilo," wrote the defendant, among others. The 35-year-old man is employed at Sydsjællands and Lolland-Falster Police.
He has utilized a special opportunity of charging cash penalty payments, which can apply to foreign motorists in Denmark.
The couple denies the charges.
When the case begins on Wednesday in Næstved Court, the prosecutor will demand that the accused couple are sentenced to prison.
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