A German national who runs a travel agency in Malta has been detained under arrest after pleading not guilty to defrauding a Maltese man of €24,000. Arne Wolfgang Schmidt who is 45-years-old while denying the allegations has maintained it is the other man who has committed fraud.
Defence lawyer Arthur Azzopardi argued that the Maltese man who lodged the report against Schmidt is saying he gave him the money but in fact this was not true. The defence further criticised investigations and failed to give attention to bank documents of the alleged transfer which show the document was falsified beside the fact that the account mentioned is not even his client’s.
The alleged victim is saying he gave €24,000 to the German businessman as part of a deal but Schmidt is maintaining that no transfer ever took place.
Magistrate Gabriella Vella declined to grant the German freedom from arrest because he had no fixed address and the only address he had supplied the Court with was that of his office in Swatar.
Furthermore the German had not deposited his passport in Court and this led the Court to suspect that he might try and escape from Malta.