BMW heiress blackmailer says sorry

* Fraudster jailed for six years * Blackmailed BMW heiress * Sex tape and 6 million still missing...

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10 Mar 2009 11:18 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The Swiss banker who duped a BMW heiress out of millions of euros has apologised to her after being sentenced to six years in prison for fraud and blackmail.

Helg Sgarbi convinced Susanne Klatten, a member of the Quandt family who sits on the board of BMW, to give him 7 million (6.4 million) and then threatened to release a secretly recorded sex tape of the couple unless she gave him a further 49 million (45 million).

After his conviction Sgarbi said: 'I deeply regret what has happened and I apologise before this court and the public to this wronged woman.'

The prosecution had pushed for a nine-year sentence because 6 million (5.5 million) and the sex tape remain unaccounted for.

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