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.