Faux enfant malade et maillots gratuits: le père a reconnu les faits en garde à vue

Faux enfant malade et maillots gratuits: le père a reconnu les faits en garde à vue

A man in his forties has admitted in police custody to having staged his son’s illness to obtain free jerseys from a large number of French football clubs, AFP learned on Friday. A fraud investigation was opened and searches took place at the family’s home.

The case of the fake sick child and the free jerseys is progressing. A man in his forties admitted during police custody that he had broadcast videos of his son claiming an illness to receive football shirts, AFP learned this Friday from the Toulon prosecutor’s office.

The signal came from one of his neighbors who filed a complaint for identity theft. The prosecution then decided to open a broader investigation for fraud, detailed to AFP the public prosecutor of Toulon, Samuel Finielz. The respondent, without a profession, “recognizes the facts and has relied on videos of his son presenting an imaginary illness and addresses in the neighborhood to receive jerseys”, he explained.

Searches at his home

Searches were carried out at his home in La Garde, in the suburbs of Toulon, and “a certain number of jerseys were found”. Passionate supporter? Collector ready for anything or animated by the hope of reselling these jerseys for a profit? At this stage, the suspect’s motives have not been established. The police custody was lifted on Thursday and the investigation is continuing.

Several neighbors of the suspect were allegedly victims of identity theft. And the prosecutor calls for “stopping all harassment” with these people, some of whom have since been victims of an “electronic assault”. Several club communication managers have claimed to be victims of this scam in recent days, starting with the National club of Bourg-en-Bresse.

The child was presented each time with a different disease

Thomas Félix, the communication manager of Football Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas 01 indicated on Twitter that he had identified “more than 20 clubs” (Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and National 1) contacted by the suspect. “There are even some who had discussions for six months and even made a video call with their guardian to hear from the child.”

To some, the child had been presented as having so-called leukemia, to others a heart disease, indicated on Twitter the communication officer of Quevilly Rouen Métropole (Ligue 2). And obviously, in the face of outrage, the scammer returned a number of shirts to the clubs.

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