(TELEGRAPH) — German social authorities in Berlin want to sue the "forest boy" for £16,000 ($25,000) expenses he ran up while maintaining the lie he had been living in the woods for five years.
Now dubbed the "Lying Dutchman" by the German press Robin van Helsum could face a bill of at least for his nine-month stay at the hands of Berlin's social services. During his time in Germany he got free bed and board, clothing, German lessons and £200 a month in pocket money.
"We will file a suit for fraudulent appropriation of youth benefits during the course of the week," Ed Koch, spokesman for the district youth welfare office, said. "We're going to demand this money back. Whether we ever see it again, we don't know."
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