As a teenager, Schmitz acquired a reputation in his native Germany after having claimed to have bypassed the security of NASA, the Pentagon and Citibank under the name of Kimble – based on the character of Dr Richard Kimble in the long-running television programme The Fugitive.
In 1994, he was arrested by German police for trafficking in stolen phone calling card numbers.
In October 2014, it became public that on 10 September 2009, Dotcom had been caught driving at 149 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving, and on 14 September 2009, was convicted under his former name of Kim Schmitz.
Dotcom also told Immigration New Zealand his convictions had been "erased" from his record under Germany's clean-slate legislation.