The 31-year-old confectioner, who became world champion in 2014, was arrested on Thursday 3 November and then taken into police custody for fraud, our colleagues from JDD say.
Following a break-in at his apartment on the night of February 8-9, he requested and obtained a €40,000 refund from his insurance, the Union said. The judicial police had doubts.
According to CCTV cameras, Yazid Ichemrahen had left his apartment in the capital’s 16th arrondissement at 11.30pm on the night of the famous burglary. When he returned the following afternoon, he saw the break-in. He then said that luxury clothes, jewelry and the keys to his car, an Audi RS6, were stolen.
Exposed because of his credit card
The same CCTV images reveal a hooded man entered the lobby of the building that evening before leaving half an hour later with two bin bags and then the famous Audi RS6. The vehicle was parked in a car park near the Champs-Élysées before driving the next morning around 10am. The suspected thief used Yazid Ichemrahen’s bank card to pay for parking. However, the victim never mentioned this theft.
This not insignificant detail led the police to arrest the confectioner, who in police custody confessed to having staged this burglary with the aim of receiving the insurance money. The latter is said to have “financial difficulties”.
Released, he will stand trial in early 2023 for fraud in connection with an appearance after a prior guilty plea.
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