German woman faces fraud charges for posing as Germanwings crash relative
BERLINOct 26, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Oct 26, 2016 12:00 am
A German court was to decide Wednesday in a fraud case against a woman accused of posing as a relative of one of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash in 2014.
Prosecutors say the 35-year-old pretended to be the cousin of one of the 150 Germanwings crash victims in order to get flights for herself, her two children and an acquaintance to the crash site in the south of France.
The woman she was pretending to be related to was a teacher escorting a group of 16 school children on the flight, which crashed in an Alpine mountainside in 2014 after being deliberately brought down by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.
Lufthansa, Germanwings' parent company, organized and paid for special flights so that relatives could visit the crash site.
The flights and hotel costs claimed by the defendant amounted to 16,000 euros (17,500 dollars), prosecutors say.