Once again Beausoleil has made it into the news in connection with a criminal case, this time concerning the falsification of bank documents.

The culprit, a 35 year-old from the neighbouring French community, secured six places on a yacht in Port Hercule for himself and his family by sending an altered bank document to the Monaco events company that was selling the prestigious viewing points for the Monaco Grand Prix in 2022. The amount involved was 27,000 euros, local French daily Monaco Matin reported.

Me Grégoire Gamerdinger, the defendant’s lawyer, tried to get his client acquitted on the grounds that the criminal investigation had gone on for too long, but, as long investigations are not a novelty in Monaco, his ploy failed.

The Beausoleillois played on the court’s natural sympathy by saying: “I had intended to make a transfer, but my bank closed my account. I just wanted time to pay. Currently I have a lot of problems and my mother is very sick… But I can assure you of my willingness to pay the amount due…”

What may have counted against the Formula 1 fan was the long list of criminal offences in France and Switzerland: In France: breach of trust, aggravated theft, damage, narcotics, forgery and use of forgery, transport of drugs, counterfeiting, falsification of cheques, misuse of property, and bankruptcy. In Switzerland: driving without a licence, slanderous denunciations, hostel fraud, narcotics, and a ban in place on managing a company for ten years.

He was sent to jail for one year.