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Patty's boyfriend nailed for fraud by German feds, hopefully she's still coming to GC

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Schnyder's Fiance Sentenced To 18 Months For Fraud

By Tennis Week
12/20/2002

A judge presided over the proceedings, but Patty Schnyder’s fiancé offered a guilty plea rather than a wedding vow. Rainer Hoffmann, who has been engaged to Schnyder since last winter, was sentenced to 18 months in jail and three years probation for fraud in a Frankfurt court last month.

The 34-year-old Hoffmann pled guilty to embezzling more than $600,000 from Deutsche-Telekom by conducting a series of bogus transactions between 1995 and 1998. According to a published report from Tages-Anzeiger written by Urs Ellenberger, Hofmann admitting leasing thousands of dollars worth of fax and communication equipment from Telekom. The self-described “private commercial investigator” falsified invoices to avoid making leasing payments to the company before selling the equipment back to Telekom and pocketing the cash.

In addition to the leasing scam, Hoffmann sold the company a yacht he claimed belonged to a Belgian diplomat. Prosecutors charged that neither the yacht nor the diplomat “ever actually existed.”

Described by Ellenberger as “a dark, bearish German” Hofmann spent some of his time in court “grinning sarcastically” as prosecutors detailed his transgressions. Hofmann’s attorney told judge Eva-Maria Wagner he was pleading guilty to spare Schnyder the embarrassment of an extended trial and the ensuing publicity.

While the official Patty Schnyder web site does not refer to her relationship to Hofmann, the site contains the credit: “Pagination and contents: Patty Schnyder/Rainer Hofmann” at the bottom of the front page.

In addition to the fraud charges, Hofmann pled guilty to forgery in connection to a summons sent to his ex-wife from Frankfurt prosecutors requesting to interview her as part of the investigation into the Telekom case. Hofmann intercepted the summons and forged his former wife’s signature to a statement saying she refused to testify.

Initially denying the charges, Hofmann ultimately confessed his guilt. In delivering the sentence, judge Wagner said Hofmann committed “significant criminal behavior” and also required him to make a “symbolic” donation to a children’s cancer fund.

Hofmann represents Schnyder’s second controversial companion. She previously dated Rainer Harnecker, a self-described “alternative therapist” who took over as Schynder’s coach and came under criticism from Schnyder’s parents for allegedly creating her estrangement from her family as well as implementing a bizarre dietary program largely based on fruit juice.

After completing three consecutive seasons outside the top 20, Schnyder enjoyed a resurgence this season as she beat Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati in succession en route to the Charleston final, qualified for the WTA’s season-ending championships for the first time in four years and finished the season ranked No. 13. While Hofmann had been at Schnyder’s side for much of the year the pairing has generated little press attention.
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Poor Patty As if she hadn't suffered enough yet
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I hope she is still coming to Gold Coast ...
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..and I thought I made poor choices with men?!?!? lmao
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Stop dating guys named Rainer!
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this does not sound good! why can't she date guys her own age and who are normal? my only hope is that her experiences with men does not make her turn to lesbianism. not that in priniciple there is anything wrong with it, but i don't want my favourite player to be of that persuasion after she originally was not. although then atleast i could support anna without feeling guilty. what the hell i am talking about? i think i am looking a little too far into the future
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She better hope he hasn't been taking money from HER as well.
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The guy's been on tour with her full-time since '99 and he hasn't had a job in four years, so he must be getting money from somewhere.
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I don't think women "turn to" lesbianism - just like homosexual guys, either they're lesbians or they're not. Maybe sometimes it takes a woman a while to "figure out" that she's a lesbian. Who really knows what's going on with Patty. All you can say from the outside is that her relationships have been bizarre and she doesn't seem to be interested in men her own age.

Why can't you be a fan of both Anna and Patty? Do they still have that hate-hate rivalry going on? I can't believe they haven't settled it yet.
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Stop dating guys named Rainer!
What´s wrong with the name? I think it sounds nice. Anyway, poor Patty.

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don' take my comments to seriously vogus - although i do believe that some women are tempted to try a relationship with the opposite sex when they have a line of crapy relationships with men. of course i am not sayiny that this is the primary cause of lesbianism. on the anna-patty issue, this board seems to quite frequently document that they don't like each other. i hope they do. i was just saying that i personally find it difficult to support two players whom to my knowledge 'hate' each other. i will say that i do find it difficult to believe that considering they seem to have all the same friends that they could be that bitter adversies still. but who knows?
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That's a good point, they do have some of the same friends, especially Schett is one of Kournikova's best friends on tour and also one of Patty's.
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yeah and hingis, rubin etc.
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this does not sound good! why can't she date guys her own age and who are normal? my only hope is that her experiences with men does not make her turn to lesbianism. not that in priniciple there is anything wrong with it, but i don't want my favourite player to be of that persuasion after she originally was not. although then atleast i could support anna without feeling guilty. what the hell i am talking about? i think i am looking a little too far into the future
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How can you be sure about something like that??
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