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A badwill ambassador: man faces 10 years behind bars over numerous frauds

A social activist from Poznań, western Poland, faces up to 10 years behind bars for numerous frauds. The man, who claimed he was to become the Polish ambassador in Africa, allegedly extorted about PLN 4.2 mln (EUR 940,000) from more than ten people.

The spokesman of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Poznań, prosecutor Łukasz Wawrzyniak, said that the culprit has been charged with a total of 12 charges of fraud on Tuesday.

“The suspect did not plead guilty to the charges against him. He submitted extensive explanations and claimed that he had no intention of deceiving anyone,” said the prosecutor.

The charges in question concern the period from 2017 to 2019. At that time, the suspect asked the aggrieved parties for loans for various investments, such as the purchase of oranges for juicing.

The suspect, a former councilor of one of Poznań’s neighbourhoods, was to convince lenders that he would become the Polish ambassador to Egypt or a representative of the European Union in Sudan with the rank of ambassador.

In February last year, after the initiation of an investigation into the frauds of the “future ambassador”, the deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that the suspect had never been an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was not considered for any diplomatic, consular or ambassadorial functions in the near future.

As it stands, preventive measures in the form of a bail in the amount of PLN 50,000 (EUR 11,206.29) and a ban on leaving the country were applied to the suspect.

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