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Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng in trouble with the law

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The center-back’s pace apparently increases to about 90 when he’s behind the wheel...

1. FSV Mainz 05 v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

An exclusive report by Bild (paywall), summarized by Munich’s TZ, has revealed that Berlin’s public prosecutor is investigating Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng for an incident that occurred in last June.

Boateng was allegedly caught driving well over the speed limit by a traffic camera in Berlin. Instead of paying the resulting fine, however, Boateng refused and claimed that his older brother George Boateng had in fact been driving the car at the time.

The Berlin police, however, apparently have a photo from the traffic camera in question that clearly shows Jerome at the wheel. The public prosecutor’s office has confirmed that it is conducting an investigation into the case.

If charges are eventually filed against Boateng, the case could escalate into a very serious affair: for alleging that his brother had committed the crime, Boateng could hypothetically be found guilty of making a false accusation (falsche Verdächtigung), which carries penalties ranging from a fine to five years of jail.