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Swede sought for selling phony iPhones

Swede sought for selling phony iPhones

Published: 11 Sep 2010 15:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Sep 2010 15:44 GMT+02:00

Between March and October 2009, the 40-year-old sold 900 iPhones to mobile operator Tele2 and its subsidiaries, as well as 500 more to other mobile phone distributors, the Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) newspaper reports.

Evidence gathered in the investigation suggests that several of the iPhones, which the man purchased for 400 to 500 kronor ($55-69) apiece, lacked certificates of authenticity.

In total, the man billed his clients for more than 12 million kronor ($1.65 million), money which he then transferred to a personal bank account in Estonia without reporting it to the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

A Skatteverket audit revealed that the man transferred a total of 20 million kronor to his overseas account in 2009.

The agency is now demanding that the man, who filed for bankruptcy last year, pay 16 million kronor in back taxes and penalties.

In addition, police have launched an investigation into the man’s business dealings.

Tele2 has also launched an investigation into the matter, but has yet to find evidence that the telephones it purchased were fakes.

As of now, the company said, there is no reason for Tele2 customers to worry.

“But if it should emerge that we’re talking about pirated copies, that would be unacceptable and we would have to take responsibility,” Tele2 spokesperson Pernilla Oldmark told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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14:48 September 11, 2010 by RoyceD
errr what is Tele2 doing buying iPhones from a non registered supplier???
15:30 September 11, 2010 by americanska
yea no kidding - they are supposed to buy them from Apple
15:48 September 11, 2010 by eZee.se
"A Skatteverket audit revealed that the man transferred a total of 20 million kronor in unreported to his overseas account."

In unreported what? camels? slaves? women? goldfish? alien spacecraft?

Its getting a bit irritating the way TL leaves out one or two words in a sentence. I understand what you are trying to say but its none the less irritating.

The fact that these phones have gotten "activated" on Apples servers, and as far as I know there's no cry of them being blocked from the App Store etc just goes to show how much Apple rips us off if these were originally purchased for 400-500kr. Keep in mind the Chinese seller had to make a profit as well...

"The agency is now demanding that the man, who filed for bankruptcy last year, pay 16 million kronor in back taxes and penalties."

That still leaves him with at least 4 million in pure profit.

And the article does not mention if he is in police custody and his passport seized.

It must be nice to know how to game the system and make a mockery of Swedish laws.
17:06 September 12, 2010 by rugla
Exactly ! cheap ba...........ds, ,!! I was a vendor in former job to this jerks, and they bleed you to death, horrible to deal with, typical Stenbeck group company, cut corners do it cheap and make a profit at all cost no matter whom you f..........k along the way, even your customers. This guys will eat their own children,

, specially the PIR former teams or procure it right, if this case procure it wrong!
19:49 September 12, 2010 by spo10
tsk tsk...i feel for the customers
22:45 September 12, 2010 by eZee.se
@spo10,

Me too, I hope the customers make a big noise, especially after being charged an arm and a leg for those stupid contracts.
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