The Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Bavaria has announced charges against an American businessman for allegedly selling a “cell phone” for €500 ($800).
The criminal complaint alleges that Mr. Christopher Siegelman allegedly sold the device to a person who allegedly sold it to someone who allegedly used it to purchase a car, according to Deutsche Welle.
Siegelman, who is also a businessman in Switzerland, was arrested by German police on Friday after an investigation into the alleged sale.
Sieglerman is accused of selling the “Cellphone Plus” for around €500, and allegedly buying and selling the device on a number of occasions, according the German news outlet.
He is also alleged to have received a total of €300,000 in payments from the person who sold the phone.
The criminal complaint claims that the defendant allegedly sold “the cell phone” to an individual who “engaged in the sale of mobile telephones and in the use of the phone in the business.”
It says the criminal investigation is ongoing.
Siege on German cellphonesIn November, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) said it had received “at least 12,000 complaints” related to the use and sale of cell phones.
The cell phone has become an increasingly popular device in Germany.
German consumers have also become increasingly concerned about their privacy after the government recently adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy for cell phone use and sold the devices to foreigners.