Jan 15, 2022 at 8:22 am
Allegations of fraud because of the official apartment: Doctor and “Tatort” actor Joe Bausch has to go to court
Prison doctor and actor Joe Bausch will soon have to appear in court. Photo: dpa/Bernd Thissen Dusseldorf Distinctive head and furrowed face: Joe Bausch plays a coroner in Cologne’s “Tatort”. In real life, Bausch was a prison doctor with an official residence. That’s why the pensioner has to go to court soon.
The “Tatort” actor and former prison doctor Joe Bausch (68) has to answer for fraud in the Düsseldorf District Court next Tuesday. The public prosecutor’s office accuses him of not having paid a rent subsidy for his official apartment for six years. It is the second attempt in the process: A trial date that was already scheduled for October had to be canceled at short notice because the judge responsible was ill. The trigger for the procedure is said to have been ten years ago: After Bausch took a month’s leave without pay in 2012, there was said to have been a “processing error” in the State Office for Salaries: After that, he was paid 801 euros a month for the official apartment no longer deducted from his salary. Bausch’s lawyer Peter Wehn spoke of an “accident” by his client: “Joe Bausch simply didn’t notice that the remuneration was no longer deducted.” His client, who is also the author of a book, also received other remuneration at the time. Bausch himself got the ball rolling when, after his retirement, he asked if he could use the apartment longer and asked that the rent subsidy be deducted as before.
The total is 57,672.72 euros over a period of 72 months. According to the lawyer, the doctor, who became known as an actor in the Cologne “crime scene”, has already paid most of the money that was wrongly saved to the salary office. Almost 9000 euros are still being disputed before the administrative court because of the statute of limitations. The prosecution accuses the prominent retiree that, as a civil servant, he should have pointed out the mistake to the salary office and did not do so in breach of duty and intentionally. Bausch was a doctor at Werl Prison in Westphalia for 32 years. Since 1997, the bald-headed actor has been playing forensic pathologist Joseph Roth in Cologne’s “Tatort”. (top/dpa)
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