Germany: Swiss spy receives 22-month suspended sentence in Frankfurt

Swiss national, identified as Daniel M., was found guilty of spying on German tax authorities at a hearing in Frankfurt on Thursday. The defendant was handed a suspended sentence of 22 months and a fine of €40,000 ($46,392). The defendant, a former police officer from Zurich, confessed that he had received €28,000 ($33,000) from Switzerland's Federal Intelligence Service (FIS; in German... Еще Nachrichtendienst des Bundes or NDB) as he attempted to find out how the German authorities acquired CDs holding data containing taxpayers' information in the period of July 2011 and February 2015. Daniel M., 54, has been in police custody since April and is alleged to have worked for the FIS over a four year period in Frankfurt as he attempted to find out, with the help of three others, how the German authorities acquired CDs containing taxpayers' information. North Rhine-Westphalia obtained the information by paying millions of euros for 11 CDs in order to clamp down on tax exiles in Switzerland, which led to the exposure of thousands of tax-evading Germans and has been followed by a number of multiple tax-evasion prosecutions.

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