Germany’s Top Fake News ‘Journalist’ May Have Stolen Funds Meant for Syrian Orphans

German journalist Claas Relotius holds his award trophy of the CNN Journalist Award 2014, in Munich, Germany, on March 27, 2014. PHOTO: CNN/Gert Krautbauer/EPA file

Spiegel to file criminal complaint against cheating reporter

23 December 2018

FRANCE 24 (AFP) — Influential German news weekly Der Spiegel said Sunday it would file a criminal complaint against a disgraced reporter after it emerged he may have embezzled donations intended for Syrian street children.

Claas Relotius, 33, resigned this month after admitting to making up stories and inventing protagonists in more than a dozen articles in the magazine’s print and online editions.

Spiegel said it now had information that Relotius allegedly launched a campaign for readers to give money to help subjects of an article he wrote but that the bank details he gave directed the funds to his own account. […]

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