Berlin authorities charged him with fraud after spending €30,000 looking after him before his identity and age were revealed. But a full trial was avoided. “There was no conviction, as all parties in the hearing agreed. He admitted his guilt, and agreed to the 150 hours of community service,” court spokesman Tobias Kaehne told The Local.
Robin van Helsum from Hengelo in the Netherlands was “bored with his internship at a telecom company and reportedly confused about the direction his life was taking.” So he concocted the story. But these pranks have consequences. And he has to pay them. No fooling the police. They have REAL problems to attend to.
He thought about running away again but stayed to face the consequences. His life IS more exciting now, I suppose.