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Former Czech Agent Loses Appeal on Insurance Fraud

The RFE/RL ID card of former Czechoslovak intelligence agent Pavel Minarik
The Czech Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Czechoslovak intelligence agent Pavel Minarik, who was jailed in 2009 for insurance fraud.

Minarik is serving a four-year sentence for a fraudulent insurance claim tied to a staged truck accident in Ukraine.

From 1972 to 1976, Minarik worked in the Czechoslovak section of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, which he had successfully infiltrated.

He spied on journalists for the communist regime and, it later emerged, also planned a terrorist attack on the station.

Upon his return to Prague, Minarik was publicly feted by the communist regime.

He became a self-styled businessman after the fall of communism.

Based on reporting by