MAINZ, Germany -- A German couple who organized hundreds of sex parties are being investigated by police who believe they failed to pay almost $1.4 million in taxes on profits they made hosting the events.
The 51-year old man and his 49-year old wife were caught with three male customers in a Frankfurt hotel during a raid last week by a special unit of the city council's "Ordnungsamt" or regulatory agency.
“The officers found laptops in the room, which indicated that this was not the first time that the couple had organized such events,” Michael Jenisch, from Frankfurt’s Ordnungsamt told NBC News.
"Grapes and chocolates were draped on the bedside table, while the wife was laying in the sheets eagerly awaiting the guests," the German newspaper BILD reported.
Officials said that the couple had been asking for an "untaxed" entry fee of 180 euro (approximately $250) per customer. They had been advertising the parties online,Frankfurt City Police spokesman Ralph Rohr told the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper.
The couple now faces a legal investigation for tax evasion of nearly 1 million euro (approximately $1.4 million), as the evidence points to them having organized more than 450 group sex parties since 2005, the police spokesman added.
While evidence was confiscated and the participants at the gathering were questioned by police, no arrests were made.
Germany has more relaxed prostitution laws than the U.S., permitting it in some restricted areas. However the hotel was not in one of those areas.
“The hotel director was not amused, when he heard what was going on behind closed doors at his facility,” Jenisch said.
First published December 16 2013, 9:36 AM