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Manwin Raided, Fabian Arrested Says Belgian Authorities

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NL- I translated this the best I could with online apps. I’d love to hear from Fabian when he gets out. Or Manwin’s PR department.


By Florian Flade and Lars-Marten nail

Youporn boss arrested in Belgium

The 34-year-old Fabian Thylmann, owner of several erotic sites like Youporn, has been arrested in Belgium. The Cologne public prosecutor determined. There is suspicion of tax evasion.

The Cologne public prosecutor has made the German owners of the well-known Internet pornography sites “Youporn”, “Pornhub” and “MyDirtyHobby” in Belgium arrest.

The 34-year-old Fabian Thylmann was suspected to have evaded taxes, a spokesman for the prosecutor said on Monday the “world”. “Mr. Thylmann currently sits in Belgium in custody. The Belgian authorities have executed a warrant of the Cologne District Court.”

Tax investigators raided offices in Hamburg

On Tuesday of last week, several dozen officers searched the tax investigation and police Koblenz the offices of a Hamburg offshoot of Thylmanns international group of companies.

They seized upon the “Manwin Germany GmbH” numerous computers and documents. At the same time the private rooms were searched by Thylmann, said the spokesman for the prosecutor Cologne.

The “Manwin Germany GmbH” was on Monday by phone until early afternoon not be reached for comment.

According to the “World” Thylmann was arrested in Belgium. Whether and when it will be delivered, currently open, the spokesman said. He also could not say whether there are other suspects in the investigation.

A native of Aachen Internet entrepreneur has built an empire within a few years of online pornography. For its Luxembourg-based holding company “Manwin Holding Sarl” includes more than 35 companies that have specialized in the operation of pornographic websites.

These include high traffic sites like “Pornhub”, “Pornhub”, “DELETED” or the German Amateursexportal “MyDirtyHobby”. Under license by “Playboy” “Manwin” also operates the online marketing and the television networks of the brand. The companies are registered in Luxembourg, Germany, Canada, Cyprus, USA and Ireland. Thylmann lives in a Brussels suburb.

“Welt am Sonntag” reported entanglements

The “Welt am Sonntag” in September he had written extensively about the business and the Manwin Group. In the dossier, it was also about irregularities in the company’s structure, which could rise to the suspicion of tax evasion.

Thylmann has let prohibit certain aspects of the report with a preliminary injunction. The “world” has filed an objection. A decision of the court is for 19 Announced in December.

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