In Germany churches are funded by a compulsory tax the government collects and passes to the churches. The only way out is to renounce faith and then be denied church provided services - something an increasing number are doing. The tax probably cuts down on fraud like that seen in the US.
It seems a soccer star got caught and has to pay. A plea bargain was attempted, but in the end he didn't ahve a prayer.
a tip of the hat to sara