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Blackmailer Jailed After Affair with BMW Heiress

Germany's wealthiest woman is conned by a Swiss gigolo.

by on Mar.09, 2009

BMW heiress was one of three conned by Swiss gigolo.

A wealthy BMW heiress was one of three conned by Swiss gigolo.

Maybe Helg Sgarbi should’ve settled for a BMW 7-Series.  Instead, the former Swiss banker decided to go for it all, blackmailing BMW heiress Susanne Klatten for millions of Euros in a convoluted scheme that involved rumors of revenge.

Posing as a special envoy for war zones, Sgarbi met Klatten in a health clinic and then began wooing her with phone calls and text messages professing his love.  When she finally fell for his ploy, Sgarbi convinced the 46-year-old mother of three that he had accidentally paralyzed a child in an accident, in the U.S., and needed to come up with money to avoid going to jail.

The wealthiest woman in Germany – and the 68th richest person in the world – Klatten handed her lover a cardboard box full of 500 Euro notes, in all a total of 7 million Euros.  But Sgarbi, at that time a lieutenant in the Swiss Army, wanted more.  And after the heiress decided to break off their relationship, he threatened to release videos of their most intimate moments.