Buchen, Germany--A second court has upheld the initial ruling that Hubert BÃ¤uerlein, head of MonTech WerkstoffprÃ¼fmaschinen GmbH, falsified ISO17025 accreditation documents. BÃ¤uerlein has decided not to appeal against the ruling, which means the verdict is final and the case is closed.
BÃ¤uerlein has been fined a total of Euro 12 000 for the offence.
According to an official statement from GÃ¶ttfert Werkstoff-PrÃ¼fmaschinen GmbH, MonTech took a copy of a GÃ¶ttfert 17025 certificate, removed the GÃ¶ttfert insignia and replaced them with MonTech insignia, and supplied the resulting false documents to a client as evidence that MonTech was accredited to calibrate test equipment.
According to a statement from GÃ¶ttfert, "Both courts had no doubts that our accreditation document was falsified by Mr. BÃ¤uerlein with the intention to convey these to a business partner in France." The statement continued, "Thus a deliberate criminal offence represents the production and passing on of the falsified accreditation document being expressed in the company MonTech in the opinion of both courts, which was punished with a not insignificant fine."
ERJ contacted MonTech, but the company declined to make any comment in relation to this story.
In his defence BÃ¤uerlein is reported to have said that the document was created to show what a MonTech document would look like, should MonTech become accredited. According to a statement from the client company, however, a colleague of BÃ¤uerlein, "expressly confirmed that the document was genuine." The company, which does not wish to be named, became suspicious and contacted the authorities, after which the criminal offence was discovered.
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