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Berlin archaeologist accused of serious fraud



Berlin – She made a picture book career. Studied archeology in Göttingen, received his doctorate in Munich and now heads an institute in Berlin. But now Dr. Iris G. (55) for her pension and her good reputation.

Since 2000, the scientist has also headed the Orient department of the German Archaeological Institute in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. Since the end of 2000, she has received a monthly foreign allowance of around 3,600 euros in addition to her salary as a senior councilor – more than 800,000 euros by 2020.

Only then did the Archaeological Institute notice that Dr. G. has been living in Berlin again for 20 years without having informed the salary office.

The public prosecutor’s office at the district court in Berlin-Tiergarten has now brought charges “for fraud through omission in a particularly serious case,” said judicial spokesman Sebastian Büchner.

Lawyer Peter Zuriel defends the archaeologist, saying: “The prosecutor’s allegation is incorrect. The security situation in Yemen forced my client to return temporarily, which the institute was aware of.”

View of the old town of Sanaa (archive photo)


Photo: picture alliance / photothek

The employer is said to have pushed for the return of the archaeologists in 2014 because of the increased risk to employees. In addition, Dr. G. repeatedly commuted between abroad and Berlin over the entire period, so may have never given up the status of being abroad.

If convicted, the archaeologist would also lose her pension as a federal civil servant.

But: All foreign allowances that she received before 2017 are statute-barred. Only a fraud amount of 176,000 euros is accused.

Source: Asia Times


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