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February 25, 2004

How can a social worker afford to buy a new BMW? If you're the 39-year-old man convicted recently by a German court, you do it by pocketing more than $163,800 in public funds intended for homeless people and war refugees, according to the Reuters news service.

The unidentified man told a German newspaper it had been easy for him to channel funds to his own account because he had clearance to issue individual payments of up to $1,890.

"It was an enormous temptation, just a computer click away," he was quoted as saying.

Convicted of embezzlement, the man received a two-year suspended jail sentence and was told to repay the money.

Source: Reuters, via Yahoo!

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