It only took a few days for investigators to discover the deception. A 47-year-old Jewish woman filed a complaint on November 9, declaring that she had been the victim of an anti-Semitic attack at her home in Six-Fours-les-Plages (Var). The investigation showed that his testimony had been invented, according to information from Var-Matin.
In her complaint, the supposed victim stated that a man, who had followed her to her home, had assaulted her, threatened her with death and then robbed her of 800 euros in cash. All while insulting her as a “dirty Jew”. The Toulon public prosecutor’s office then opened an investigation and tasked the judicial police with the investigations. Thanks to the exploitation of numerous video surveillance tapes, investigators established that the attack was “imaginary”, prosecutor Samuel Finielz said on Monday.
Ban on frequenting gambling establishments
Placed in police custody for “falsely reporting an imaginary offense”, the complainant admitted to having lied, justifying her act by a difficult financial situation as well as an addiction to gambling. Additional investigations established facts of breach of trust following “reckless spending in a casino”. When filing a complaint, the forty-year-old declared having spent the evening preceding her alleged attack in the company of “friends at the Sanary casino”.
Pending his judgment on April 15, the accused was placed under judicial supervision with the obligation of care and a ban on frequenting gambling establishments. The prosecutor recalls that acts of denunciation of a crime or imaginary offense are punishable by six months’ imprisonment and a fine of 7,500 euros, while those of breach of trust are punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 375,000 euros. ‘fine.
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