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Jail for teacher who sold language certificates
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Jail for teacher who sold language certificates

The Local · 13 Jan 2016, 10:41

Published: 13 Jan 2016 10:41 GMT+01:00

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The court heard that the woman had worked for an approved school offering language qualifications in Wiener Neustadt, located south of Vienna.

But at the weekends, she would open up the classrooms for refugees who despite the fact that they had almost no understanding of the language, were given certificates by the woman proving that they were competent in German.

She was able to cash in on around €70,000 from hundreds of students who were given the certificates that they needed in order to get Austrian citizenship.

The court case was repeatedly put back however because the witnesses consistently failed to turn up for the court case.

However, after extensive delays judge Hans Barwitzius finally concluded the case and the woman, who worked for a school that was authorised to hand out certificates from the Austrian integration fund (Osterreichischen Integrationsfonds OIF), was jailed.

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One of those who did turn up to testify confirmed that it was well known in the refugee community that the accused was somebody from whom it was "simple, uncomplicated and cheap" to get the valuable and much prized certificates.

Story courtesy of Central European News

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