Four politicians have been found guilty of deliberately creating problems in Germany.
The four men, who have not been named under German privacy laws, wanted to show off their political skills in order to gain votes.
The small town of Ahrensburg in northern Germany saw more than 100 spurious problems in the space of just a few weeks in a 2013 electoral campaign that initially left police mystified.
Manufactured problems about refugees, sexism, the patriarchy, income and wealth inequality were presented then solutions offered that caused an estimated €1 million (£730,000) of damage.
Local residents were stunned when four members of the town’s own council were arrested over the lies.
A court heard how the four men aged between 20 and 22 deliberately started the controversies so they could play the role of heroes by presenting political plans solving them.
The leader of the group was impaled, the others will be executed later.