Influencer:Public prosecutor’s office closes investigations against Fynn Kliemann
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The influencer agrees to pay a fine. It was determined because of suspicion of fraud – after Jan Böhmermann had made the case public.
The public prosecutor’s office in Stade has temporarily suspended the investigation against influencer Fynn Kliemann against payment of a fine. Both sides have agreed that Kliemann should pay 20,000 euros to non-profit organizations, said a spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office. As soon as the money was received, the process was discontinued.
The public prosecutor had investigated Kliemann after a TV report by satirist Jan Böhmermann. In addition to a suspicion of fraud, the proceedings were mainly about the suspicion of violating the law against unfair competition, said the spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office.
The investigations against his business partner continue
Kliemann is a musician and businessman and runs an event location near Bremen. He and a textile company from North Rhine-Westphalia were criticized in May 2022 for the contribution on ZDF. In essence, the question was raised as to whether the textile company’s transactions with a wholesaler in 2020 deliberately concealed the country of production – masks against the corona virus came from Asia instead of Europe.
“I’m very happy about the decision,” said Kliemann Welt in a written statement. The fact that the allegations of fraud are “false” is very important to him personally. Regardless of that, he “didn’t do everything right”. “I talked myself into everything, lost focus and made wrong decisions.” Kliemann’s press attorney Christian Schertz regretted media “prejudice and stigmatization”.
The investigations against Kliemann’s ex-business partner, Tom Illbruck, are continuing. The result is open, said the spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office. Illbruck told the German Press Agency that the public prosecutor’s office had also offered him to drop the case against a fine. But he still refuses. “I would like to have it fully clarified that the allegations are not legally tenable.”