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Swiss Merchant Jailed for Fraud in Plan to Smuggle Vienna Couple over Border

The Criminal Court today sentenced a 30-year-old Basel business man to eight months’ imprisonment for defrauding a Vienna Jewish couple of 4,200 marks and securities on the pretext that he would smuggle them into Switzerland and then return their money.

The Jewish couple, which had been sent back to Germany at the frontier, was later allowed to enter Switzerland to testify against the business man. The court decided that this case required deterrent punishment since there had been several instances of such fraud.

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