It took investigators only a few days to uncover the deception. A 47-year-old woman, of Jewish faith, filed a complaint on November 9, declaring that she had been the victim of an anti-Semitic attack at her home in Six-Fours-les-Plages (Var). The investigation showed that his testimony had been fabricated, according to information from Var-Matin.
In her complaint, the alleged victim stated that a man, who had followed her home, had assaulted her, threatened her with death and then robbed her of 800 euros in cash. All this while insulting her as a "dirty Jew". The public prosecutor's office in Toulon then opened an investigation and instructed the judicial police to carry out investigations. Thanks to the use of numerous video surveillance tapes, investigators have established that the attack was "imaginary", prosecutor Samuel Finielz said on Monday.
Prohibition of frequenting gambling establishments
Taken into custody for "falsely denouncing an imaginary offence", the complainant admitted to having lied, justifying her act by a difficult financial situation as well as an addiction to gambling. Further investigations have established allegations of breach of trust following "reckless spending in a casino". When she filed her complaint, the 40-year-old said she had spent the evening before her alleged attack in the company of "friends at the Sanary casino".
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Pending her judgement on 15 April, the defendant has been placed under judicial supervision with the obligation to provide care and a ban on frequenting gambling establishments. The prosecutor recalls that the acts of denunciation of an imaginary crime or offence are punishable by six months' imprisonment and a fine of 7,500 euros, while those of breach of trust are punishable by five years in prison and a fine of 375,000 euros.