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'I thought I was acting correctly': Swedish politician

'I thought I was acting correctly': Swedish politician

Published: 15 Oct 2011 09:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Oct 2011 09:35 GMT+02:00

Between 2006 and 2010, the Riksdag paid Erik A Eriksson's entire rent for an apartment in Vårby, south of Stockholm - even though he was living there with his wife and children.

In total, the Riksdag Administration paid him 250,000 kronor ($37,500) between December 2006 and February 2010, reported news site Nyheter24.

Erik A Eriksson stated that he was careful to check if the sum of the reimbursement was affected if family members shared the apartment.

"I asked the Riksdag Administration on two separate occasions, and was told that there were no restrictions in the matter," he said to news agency TT.

In 2010 he sold the apartment and moved into a home provided by the Riksdag. Even so, he continued to receive rental payments from the Riksdag Administration, which he did not discover until this spring.

On two separate occasions, he called the Administration to correct the faulty payments. But he received a total of 56,000 kronor paid out incorrectly, which he is now paying back in installments.

Anders W Jonsson, the Centre Party's group leader in the Riksdag, told TT that the party has "a great deal of confidence" in Erik A Eriksson.

Erik A Eriksson previously caught the media's attention a few years ago, when he and two Riksdag colleagues allowed oil giant Shell to pay for their trip to France.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:39 October 15, 2011 by Great Scott
Come on where are all the nobs that were hunting down Juholt, this guys down almost double, and the lambs are silent.
17:20 October 15, 2011 by Grokh
probably hypocrisy,

anyway good i hope they keep catching more.
18:16 October 15, 2011 by jdbpogo
yea right. seems like politicians in sweden are just like they are in the u.s. crooks all.
20:16 October 15, 2011 by Douglas Garner
Fellow local readers, please read the whole article before you comment... although I realize it might limit your fun. This guy has been trying NOT to get the extra reimbursement!
01:20 October 16, 2011 by Svensksmith
Still and all, I wish I could get a deal like that.
10:01 October 16, 2011 by Great Scott
@Douglas Garner

No read, "Centre Party MP Erik A Eriksson has also spent years pocketing an oversized reimbursement from the Riksdag for his rent costs."

"Between 2006 and 2010, the Riksdag paid Erik A Eriksson's entire rent for an apartment in Vårby, south of Stockholm - even though he was living there with his wife and children.

In total, the Riksdag Administration paid him 250,000 kronor ($37,500) between December 2006 and February 2010,"

The rest of the story is Eriksson trying to get off the hook. Because this is a major embarrassment coming back to hit the incompetent alliance party, who started the whole dam thing through the right wing press.
11:23 October 16, 2011 by Borilla
All pigs feeding at the same trough. This one is smarter than Juholt. When you are caught with your hand in the cookie jar, step up immediately and claim you were misunerstood. What is not at all clear is whether he started returning the payments when he "became aware" of them. If not, why not?
14:12 October 16, 2011 by J Jack
That's not really a lot of rent for the time, leave him alone, if it's legal, so be it.
16:52 October 16, 2011 by Great Scott
@J Jack

Did you make the same comment about Juholt, I have not seen one
18:39 October 17, 2011 by Opinionfool
Well at least he wasn't claiming for floating Swedish duck houses.
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