People often want you to tell them a story. For me this question is overreaching and I feel uncomfortable.

So I was wondering to what extend it is legal to make up a story I am fine with.

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    What will you do if they believe you and spread the tale? "He told me ..."
    – o.m.
    Mar 30, 2021 at 14:47

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§145d StGB makes it illegal to pretend that a crime did happen or will happen, but only if one deceives the police or a similar agency. It is also a crime to deceive about the participants of a crime.

Pretending to have been sentenced and presumably to have been released after serving a sentence does not quite fit that law.

  • Depending on the context: If you were caught shoplifting and you tell the security guard "I killed someone and served my sentence. Are you sure I didn't pay for these goods?" that might get you into trouble.
    – gnasher729
    Mar 31, 2021 at 10:24

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