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Thursday 12, October

Miles car rental raided on suspicion of multi-million euro fraud

Car rental firm Miles may have manipulated their GPS data to avoid paying between 25 and 30 million euros in Berlin.

Have Miles been faking their data? Photo: IMAGO / Emmanuele Contini

Thursday 12, October

Miles car rental raided on suspicion of multi-million euro fraud in Berlin

It was meant to be so simple. Car sharing companies usually pay parking fees automatically by sharing their GPS data with the relevant authorities in Berlin. However, according to a report in the Berliner Zeitung, someone at the car sharing firm Miles had a bright idea: why not fake the data, and avoid the fees? Police believe that the company may have been manipulating their telemetry data in order to avoid paying parking fines of between 25 and 30 million euros since 2019.

On Wednesday, raids were carried out on the company’s offices in Berlin and the two bosses, aged 36 and 43, are being investigated for commercial fraud, computer fraud, and the falsification of technical records. This comes as a noticeable deviation was spotted between the high number of parking fee violations in Miles vehicles and the reliability of their parking fee payments.

An investigation is currently underway – but we should note that this year also saw the cult car rental firm Robben & Wientjes (founded back in 1978 in Kreuzberg), cease operations. That poor seal never had a chance.