Thomas Fabius, the son of the French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius, was questioned about counterfeiting and using counterfeits on Friday. It is said to be connected to his love of casinos, the AFP learned from judicial sources close to the case.
He is also being named as an assisting witness in scams, tax fraud laundering, abuse of trust, and abuse of social goods. His passion for gambling is thought to be behind his judicial problems. Thomas Fabius is 34, and the trial started in late 2011 after a complaint from Société Général.
The bank said he wrote a false email while he was in Morocco, which he used to make a Moroccan casino believe he was going to receive 200,000 euros, we learned from a source close to the case. Investigators are looking into Thomas Fabius’ lifestyle, and especially how he got hold of a boulevard Saint-Germain flat worth seven million euros in 2012.
As well as the French trial, the French minister’s son is accused of using false cheques worth 3.5 million dollars (3.2 million euros) at several Las Vegas casinos in mid-2012. A Nevada prosecutor wrote an arrest warrant at the end of October, which is not valid outside American territory.
Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)