Tijan S., 28, who also used the names Tijan Bojang and Junior Crang, was arrested on October 2nd at Vienna airport after returning from a visit to Gambia, where he has a wife.
He is accused of marrying multiple women in Austria and having relationships with others he picked up across the country, using them for room and board whenever he was nearby and borrowing money from them which he never returned.
He has also been accused of benefits fraud, using photos of friends who were also black to claim thousands of euros from Austrian social services.
His lawyer, Mirsad Muslio, has said that the women he was involved with knew what they were getting into and that it was “give and take”. He added that Tijan S. owed four of the women “a few thousand euros”.
He said that his client would plead guilty to abusive use of an Austrian health insurance card. He used a friend’s e-card to get treatment from a doctor and a dentist.
Tijan S. has been in custody since he was arrested.