A GERMAN mum is accused of injecting her four young children with medicines and claiming they were sick in order to get benefits.
Maike Borkowski, 49, of Lensahn , Germany, allegedly forced her kids to use wheelchairs and even demanded the local school spend £124,000 on a ramp and a special lift so they could get to classes.
German mum Maike Borkowski is accused of faking her kids’ illnesses in a £1m benefits scam[/caption]
She reportedly claimed the children suffered from a variety of illnesses, ranging from brittle bone disease through to haemophilia, rheumatism and asthma.
Yet the court heard the claims which were made between 2010 and 2016 were not true and that the youngsters were healthy.
The court heard how Borkowski allegedly forced her kids to sit in wheelchairs for hours at a time, injected them with medicines they did not need as part of the benefits scam.
They were also not allowed to play with other children and were forced to miss school and attend clinics, the court heard.
The mum even went on German television to talk about what it was like to be the parent of a child suffering from brittle bone disease.
Teachers spoke about the fact that when her 18-year-old daughter Jennifer went to school, she was so desperate for her suffering to end that she scratched the word “f**k” on her arm.
She claimed the teen told teachers: “I’m feeling sick, I don’t want to be here any more.”
School staff then raised the alarm with social workers when Jennifer wanted to live with her older sister aged 27.
Welfare officials then discovered she was not as sick as her mother claimed.
Neighbours also told authorities that the supposedly wheelchair-bound kids could be seen running in the garden on some afternoons, the court heard. In total, the woman had five children, three sons aged 10, 15 and 17 and two daughters aged 18 and 27.
The court case involves only four children who were in her care and under age between 2010 and 2016.
Teachers also reportedly noticed that the kids would occasionally leave their wheelchairs.
She managed to obtain benefits of £124,000 that she was not entitled to after faking the illnesses of her children, the court heard.
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It was also alleged that the medicine that she was given to treat the allegedly bogus illnesses meant that she used drugs worth more than £885,000.
The doctor who testified said blood treatment medicine worth upwards of £88,000 had been delivered to her doctor’s address which was meant for her children.
He told the court that a single injection for some of the health problems would cost up to £1,152.
The medic added: “And indeed she was giving her children weekly the injections herself.”
She is currently on trial at a court in the German city of Lubeck in Schleswig-Holstein over allegations of abuse of minors and serious commercial fraud.
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