Scammer Wilhelm Voigt
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|Disguising as a Prussian Captain and robbing 4000 marks (?625).
Wilhelm Voigt is a Prussian fraudster from the late 19th century who scammed the Prussian military soldiers, as their commander. “He was witty and a daring scoundrel who executed this fraud by wearing a military commander’s uniform and walked to the nearby military basement in Köpenick”. He then ordered the soldiers there to follow him to the nearby mall where he told them to arrest the mayor of the town for crooked bookkeeping and extorted money from him.
He then walked away from the mall by ordering the soldiers to stay there. He was applauded by the common public for his daring act. He was caught by the police after a month from the incident by a tip off from his friend for a reward. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison but was later pardoned by the Kaiser of Prussia for his amicable act.