Counterfeit money ordered on the Darknet and put into circulation: Salzburg students repentant in process
Three boys, 14, 15 and 16 years old, bought 50-euro flowers online and then made real money with mini-purchases in various shops. – The juvenile court ordered social hours as part of a diversion.
All three attended higher schools, have good to very good grades and come from a good family: The boys, 14, 15 and 16 years old, who sit on Thursday as defendants in a juvenile lay judge’s court, do not correspond to the – predominantly – typical clientele that a trial IS DONE for a crime.
According to the indictment, the trio had ordered or bought counterfeit money from a provider in varying degrees of involvement in the Darknet – at least 50 pieces of 50-euro flowers. As a result, i.e. the investigations, they placed the counterfeit money in numerous supermarkets and other shops and made some real money through small purchases with a fake fifty. Public Prosecutor Mathias Haidinger: “You carried out the crime of counterfeiting.
The boys (defense: attorney Katharina Bleckmann, attorney Michael Gruber, attorney Christoph Rother) appear in front of the senate (chair: judge Bettina Maxones-Kurkowski) ruefully confessing. The 15-year-old, who used the counterfeit money to buy in stores around 15 times, says about the motif: “I wanted to be cool and have money.” There were house searches of two boys: “That was a shock for my parents and me,” said the currently 14-year-old. – The court settles the cause by means of diversion: two students have to do 60 hours, one 50 hours of social work. They are also instructed to contact the damaged businesses for compensation.