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“Die Robin Hood”

November 25, 2009, 6:13 AM
A German banker has been hailed as “Die Robin Hood Bankerin” after she transferred money from rich accounts to help the poor. “In these financially troubled times, bankers tend not to score too highly on the scale of public admiration, with their bonuses, bailouts and bad loans. But today details emerged of a woman who may confound the popular view that everyone in the industry is in it for themselves,” writes The Guardian. But a 62-year-old woman, who has not been named, took no money for herself and instead transferred more than €7.6m from rich clients to poor ones between 2003 and 2005. She has been given a 22-month suspended sentence for her crime. "The accused hasn't put one cent in her own pocket. She did it purely out of sympathy with people who were suffering financially," the woman's lawyer, Thomas Ohm, said. She was a "good samaritan" with a "Mother Courage" nature.
 

“Die Robin Hood”

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