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Fraudster caught on film gives up: 'I felt watched'

Published: 28 Sep 2012 16:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Sep 2012 16:59 GMT+02:00

A Swedish man suspected of using a fake driver's licence to defraud a bank of 1.8 million kronor ($273,000) has turned himself in after seeing his picture in the newspaper.

The man, who is around 50 years old, was captured on surveillance footage taken at a bank branch in Strängnäs in central Sweden around lunchtime on September 12th, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

During his visit, the man asked to have several invoices paid using a fake driver's licence depicting a Stockholm-based account holder.

All told, he managed to have the bank process fraudulent transactions worth 1.8 million kronor.

When the actual owner of the account discovered the next day that his account had been emptied, the money had already been moved to another account.

Earlier this week, however, images of the man were published in the Swedish media and broadcast on TV3's "Efterlyst" ('Wanted') television programme.

After seeing his likeness on TV and in the paper, the daring fraudster realized the gig was up and turned himself in to local police on Thursday.

"He came in because he saw his picture in Aftonbladet and later on 'Efterlyst'," local police officer Willy Bäckström told the paper.

"He thought it was rather unpleasant and felt he was being watched."

The man was subsequently interviewed by police and later detained on suspicion of aggravated fraud.

In addition to the incident in Strängnäs, the man is also being investigated for a number of other suspected swindles.

According to Aftonbladet, the man has previously been convicted of accounting fraud.

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11:11 September 29, 2012 by Borilla
Something will have to be done about this invasion of the culprit's privacy. The ombudsman will be very upset that another criminal, caught in the act, was apprehended because his photo was published. The police may even have broadcast his description, which is apparently another no-no. The Swedish police have enough difficulty and so often appear like the Keystone Cops that they need all the help they can get. Involving the public and publishing photos has seemed to result in a number of crimes being solved. Even when the police mange, usually with the public's assistance, to bring a criminal before the courts, the courts find a way to put them back on the street. There is every appearance that crime is in an upward spiral in Sweden. Regardless of who is committing the crimes they need to be taken out of circulation for a while and not ignored because those charged with enforcing the law choose not to properly do their jobs..
20:45 September 30, 2012 by johan rebel
The gig was up?

The rowboat? The demerit? The musical engagement? The gigabyte?
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