Diverted church donations

The donations affair at the Catholic Church in Vechta had caused quite a stir. The case involved a Catholic dignitary, a scrap dealer with multiple convictions and diverted donations. The exact motives are still unclear today. The scrap dealer must answer from Tuesday before the district court Vechta because of fraud and attempted robbery Erpreng.

The provost of the parish of St. Over a period of several years, Georg Vechta had donated around 100.000 euros in donations collected from parishioners and forwarded to scrap dealer. He is said to have even threatened a donor with shots in the legs if he suspended his payments.The 38-year-old has so far remained silent on the charges. For the time being only one day is scheduled for the trial. Whether a verdict will be announced on the same day depends on the length of testimony, a court spokeswoman said. Four witnesses are called, including the provost. He now works as a chaplain in a clinic in Munster, Germany. Previously spent 25 years in Vechta. As a result of the affair he had to resign in 2006. His testimony is eagerly awaited by trial observers.

Provost only as witness before Geric The churchman had stated that he believed the scrap dealer's stories about alleged emergencies and had given the money out of charity. He wanted to help unbureaucratically. The scrap dealer had claimed he was being threatened. According to the prosecution, however, the defendant also stated that he needed the money for scrap metal purchases and truck repairs. In written agreements, the accused is said to have promised to repay the amounts. This he did not.The prosecution was unable to refute the provost's statements. It therefore discontinued preliminary proceedings against him for fraud and embezzlement for lack of sufficient suspicion of the crime. The public prosecutor's office also found no evidence to support the obvious suspicion that the provost himself might have been the victim of an erpreng.The scrap dealer is also accused of not having delivered antique furniture to the local St. Mary's Hospital as agreed. The provost had brokered the deal in 2001. The hospital trustees then paid 37,000 euros to. But the furniture was never delivered. The scrap dealer never intended to do so either, according to the indictment.

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