Bernd Schottdorf

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Bernd Schottdorf (born February 6, 1940 in Berlin ; † April 29, 2018 at Duttenstein Castle ) was a German doctor, entrepreneur in the field of human laboratory analysis and artist. Residences were Augsburg and from 1996 the Renaissance castle Duttenstein near Dillingen .


Schottdorf obtained his Abitur in Augsburg in 1959, and in 1965 he completed a medical state examination in Munich. From 1962 to 1967 he was an assistant at the Institute for Physiological Chemistry at the University of Munich . After the state examination, he worked at the research center of the DFG . In 1967 he received his doctorate in biochemistry , and in 1969 he received his license to practice medicine . From 1969 to 1972 he completed specialist training in internal medicine and laboratory medicine. From 1972 onwards he was a doctor for laboratory diagnostics and had a branch as a health insurance doctor (laboratory medicine) in Augsburg. The company he founded is now Labor Augsburg MVZ GmbH, which is now managed by his ex-wife and is part of the Sonic Healthcare Group. In 1977, seriously injured, he survived the explosion of an anti-tank mine in what was then Zimbabwe-Rhodesia .

Bernd Schottdorf succumbed to cancer on April 29, 2018 at the age of 78.

Artistic career

In 1953 Schottdorf began to paint as an amateur; he also made sculptures out of wood and clay. In 1975 he had his first solo exhibition in the patent office in Munich. From 1981 he exhibited his work in his studio. Schottdorf painted representational, sometimes critical of civilization (“The pension is safe”). Many of his pictures and photos have African motifs.

Schottdorf affair

Schottdorf became known through the Schottdorf affair named after him . These are laboratory services invoiced several times. Laboratory services are usually billed by the laboratory doctor. In his case, however, the bills were drawn up by the family doctors. The invoice amounts were significantly increased. In addition, discounts that were granted to the doctors by Schottdorf were managed by the doctors into their own pockets, i. H. Instead, the full invoice amounts were charged to the cost bearers. It is assumed that thousands of people are affected.

The first allegations were already loud in 1987, alleged fraud damage : 100 million marks. After five years of investigation, it came to trial in 1992. Even medical officials couldn't explain his billing system exactly. Schottdorf finally paid 60,000 marks to the prison welfare service - "for the sake of peace," as he said.

After that, new investigations began immediately, as the Augsburg ex-public prosecutor Uwe Huchel had the fine of an investment fraudster paid into a foundation that was registered in his mother's name. Schottdorf had lent this public prosecutor money. Schottdorf was therefore suspected of paying bribes to the public prosecutor. That public prosecutor had also processed the anonymous reports against Schottdorf. However, there was no evidence of bribery. It remained only with the charge of granting an advantage . Schottdorf accepted a penalty order of 90 daily rates of 5,000 euros each, hence a fine of 450,000 euros. The proceedings against the public prosecutor Uwe Huchel resulting from the incident were ended under extremely curious circumstances. In a trial that was scheduled at short notice and not publicly announced, the Munich District Court I sentenced him to three years and three months in prison for money laundering, fraud and the acceptance of benefits. The accusation of perversion of the law, however, was dropped by the public prosecutor, according to the statement of the investigating LKA official on the instructions of the Bavarian Minister of Justice Beate Merk and the Munich Public Prosecutor's Office .

On suspicion of commercial gang fraud , the Augsburg public prosecutor's office conducted a major investigation against Schottdorf in 2008 under file number 501 Js 113815/08 . The Augsburg public prosecutor's office then denied that the accounting system invented by Schottdorf was illegal in 2009 and stopped the investigations in most cases, even though one of the accused doctors had been convicted of fraud in a pilot procedure by the Federal Court of Justice . This process caused severe criticism in the professional world. The public prosecutor's office in Augsburg is accused of allowing itself to be influenced by the interests of political parties , especially the CSU , and consequently being particularly eager in some cases (e.g. against critics), but not at all to investigate in others (or wrongful proceedings set), depending on the political network of the person concerned. The case resulted in the establishment of a committee of inquiry in the Bavarian state parliament. Bernd Schottdorf even wanted to prevent the investigative committee by filing a constitutional complaint, but this was unsuccessful. After two years and 41 days of meetings, the committee of inquiry presented a final report, from which it emerged that no evidence of political interference in the process could be found.

Two detectives, Robert Mahler and Stephan Sattler, who had meticulously investigated the Schottdorf affair for years, were later investigated, among other things because of the suspicion that they had persecuted innocent people. Stephan Sattler had testified against Schottdorf in January 2010 before the district court Munich I that he had previously "never seen a procedure interfered with like this". His criticism had related to a sudden reduction of the special laboratory commission from 17 to four men shortly after allegedly explosive documents had emerged in a raid. Thereupon Schottdorf's lawyer Peter Gauweiler , CSU party police officer, wrote a personal letter to the LKA President Peter Dathe , in which he initiated an investigation against the two officials. The public prosecutor's office complied with this request and initiated proceedings on suspicion of improper false testimony . E-mails from the police officers were then read without a decision. This was followed by years of investigation against the detectives, which in the end came to nothing, but the officers got to the core. The two officials then filed a civil lawsuit to claim damages from the Free State of Bavaria for the injustice committed against them. The judge responsible for this at the Regional Court of Munich I recommended that the Free State accept a settlement in the hearing in order to avoid a very likely conviction that would certainly attract negative media coverage. The representatives of the Free State then agreed to a settlement of 4,000 euros.

In 2014, the Augsburg Regional Court approved an indictment against Bernd Schottdorf and his wife Gabriele Schottdorf on suspicion of commercial fraud in 124 cases. The public prosecutor suspects damage of more than 78 million euros. In January 2016, she demanded a prison sentence of four and a half years and a fine of around 15.8 million euros for Schottdorf and his wife . The district court acquitted both defendants and formulated clear criticism of the German medical and accounting system. The Augsburg public prosecutor appealed against this.

Bernd Schottdorf has been legally acquitted of the allegations of massive billing fraud. On July 12, 2017, the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe rejected the appeal by the Augsburg public prosecutor's office. Thus, the judgment of the Augsburg Regional Court of 2016 is valid. The chief criminal judges could find “no loopholes or contradictions” in the judgment and rejected the appeal.


  • The health game. How Germany's medicine is being ruined. ABW Wissenschaftsverlag, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-936072-75-4
  • together with Fridtjof Haft and Wolfgang Fikentscher: Health! ABW Wissenschaftsverlag, Berlin 2005, ISBN 978-3-936072-26-6

Individual evidence

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  14. a b Police officer criticizes attorney general ; in: Süddeutsche Zeitung Online from March 9, 2015
  15. ^ The Asshole Affair 2.0 of the Augsburg justice system
  16. The CSU cannot get rid of some of the contaminated sites ( memento from April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ); in: Schwäbische Zeitung of October 27, 2011
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  19. Landtag rejects constitutional complaint ; in: Süddeutsche Zeitung Online from September 15, 2014
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  21. ^ Laboratory investigative committee | Bavarian State Parliament. Retrieved January 3, 2019 .
  22. ^ Gauweiler's recommendations to the police ; in: Süddeutsche Zeitung of May 14, 2014
  23. ^ Schottdorf investigators against Free State ( Memento from November 12, 2014 in the Internet Archive ); in: Bayerisches Fernsehen from November 5, 2014
  24. Second LKA officer files a complaint ; in: Süddeutsche Zeitung of January 27, 2015
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