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Couple jailed for using faking diplomas to earn €20,000 a month at European Commission
A couple who used fake paperwork to get jobs as European civil servants in Brussels have been jailed for five and three years - and ordered to repay €670,000 to the European Commission.
A Brussels court on Wednesday found the pair guilty of forgery and using forged documents. The Commission had registered as a claimant in the case, seeking repayment of money paid to the couple between 2004 and 2012.
The court heard that Philippe B. was hired on the basis of false references claiming professional experience as a lawyer and engineer. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
His wife, Laurence C., found work in the Commission after using a fake diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris claiming she was a qualified lawyer and political scientist. She was jailed for 40 months.
The couple earned almost €20,000 net per month - but neither of them did much work while employed by the Commission.
The court heard that shortly after being hired, Philippe B. was declared medically unfit for work. Laurence C. was repeatedly signed off work by a doctor.