Slandering a police officer isn’t the stupidest thing American blogger Robert Eringer has done during the course of his long, fraudulent career, but it’s certainly near the top of the list. For entertainment’s sake, it might be interesting to take a look at some of the more mind-boggling stunts the faux detective’s cooked up in recent years.
While Robert Eringer is by no means a household name, the American blogger has come to his own self-created fame vis-à-vis his website, www.eringer33.com, where he imagines himself to be an expert spy and a novelist, though neither is exactly the case in the traditional sense. Eringer knew people in the CIA (Clair George). And he writes books published by obscure presses no one’s heard of. But more to the point, let’s start with Robert Eringer’s most recent, and certainly his hoped-for most lucrative scam.
Having managed to con Prince Albert II of Monaco—Monaco being one of the world’s most wealthy territories—into serving as an intelligence consultant for several years, Robert Eringer gathered enough inside information about the Principality, Prince Albert, and his staff to attempt to extort the Prince in a style à la David Letterman. In a 2009 letter Robert Eringer penned to the prince, he threatened to expose Prince Albert’s secrets unless he was paid a whopping sum of €400,000. When Prince Albert didn’t pay, Robert Eringer engaged in a speedy Internet slander campaign, and brought lawsuits against Monaco in the state of California where Eringer owns million-dollar property.
The U.S. court kicked out all of Eringer’s cases and ruled in favor of Monaco. Further, a Paris court found Eringer guilty of publishing “false information” on Monaco and “local key personalities” on his blog. Eringer was ordered to remove the libelous material from his website and charged with damages. According to a June 2011 ruling, Robert Eringer owes Prince Albert north of €27,000 in damages and legal fees, plus steep weekly penalties for leaving the materials on his blog.
Among the “other key personalities” Robert Eringer went after during his blog fest were Accountant Claude Palmero, Lawyer Thierry Lacoste, Monaco Police Chief Andre Muhlberger, and Property Developer Claudio Marzocco. Here again the Paris Court found Robert Eringer guilty of publishing false information and libelous materials, and ordered him to pay each of the aforementioned individuals damages.
Of the above-named people, Robert Eringer took a particular dislike to Andre Muhlberger. Without any law-abiding argument to wage against Monaco’s police chief, Robert Eringer did what the children do: he resorted to name-calling and even picture-drawing, posting a photograph of Andre Muhlberger on his blog on the head of a jackass. It’s funny stuff, for a two-year-old. Unfortunately for Robert Eringer, the courts aren’t finding his musings so funny. In addition to losing a judgment against Prince Albert, Robert Eringer was ordered to pay €20,000 for two counts of slander against Andre Muhlberger and €3,000 in litigation fees.
With stunts like these, it’s no wonder Robert Eringer has made a name for himself—at least to himself, on his own website. Perhaps his next e-book can be titled, “What I, Robert Eringer, mean to me.”