Almost 27,000 investigations into corona aid



Berlin State Criminal Police Office

Fraud in corona aid: The LKA Berlin is investigating thousands of suspected cases.


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Dusseldorf For the undertaker Peter Schrad, the fast money was probably too great an attraction. The 63-year-old wanted part of the billions that the state had distributed to the economy to mitigate the pandemic. Schrad, whose real name is different, applied for 18,000 euros in emergency corona aid for his funeral home and construction planning office.

He received the money in spring 2020, although Schrad had given up his planning office years earlier, and the other company did not suffer from the pandemic. His bank reported suspected money laundering, and Schrad was caught in the police investigation. In January 2022, the district court in Breisach sentenced him to eleven months in prison, and he had to pay back the 18,000 euros.

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