Extortionist who spoiled supermarket food jailed

24th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2005, HEILBRONN, GERMANY - An extortionist who went to German supermarkets and hid nasty surprises in the food, such as salt in cream cheese or methylated spirits in pickled cabbage, was jailed Wednesday for 57 months.

24 November 2005

HEILBRONN, GERMANY - An extortionist who went to German supermarkets and hid nasty surprises in the food, such as salt in cream cheese or methylated spirits in pickled cabbage, was jailed Wednesday for 57 months.

A court in the German city of Heilbronn found him guilty of trying to blackmail Lidl, a German discount grocery chain, into paying him 1.2 million euros. He was arrested before any handover of money. None of the food that had been tampered with was eaten.

The accused, 57, who had served a decade in prison for bank robbery, took an economics degree in jail and became a highly paid business executive afterwards. But he said he gave up the job because he had been "bullied". He turned to extortion when money ran short.

In court, he admitted sending letters and e-mails to Lidl with elaborate instructions on how to hand him the money without being observed by police. He was arrested after being observed by closed- circuit television.

DPA

Subject: German news

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