Parents secretly profited from son’s disability

A husband and wife in central Sweden have each been handed ten month prison sentences for fraud after passing their son off as a pensioner and reaping the financial rewards.

After several years in paid employment, the 26-year-old man discovered that his parents were supplementing their income with a disability pension registered in his name, Metro reports.

During the time he lived at home with his parents in Dalarna, the couple were entitled to a care allowance. But despite the fact that their son later moved out and took up paid employment, the pair managed to convince doctors that he had a permanent disability and was incapable of securing a job.

Without informing their son, the couple filled in application forms claiming disability benefits and an early retirement pension in his name. When the Swedish Social Insurance Administration approved the application, the pair had the money lodged to a joint account.

But since his parents did not have power of attorney over their son’s finances, they had no right to take out money on his behalf.

In addition to their prison sentence, the man’s parents have also been ordered by Falun district court to pay him 160,000 kronor in compensation and to pay back 243,000 kronor to the Social Insurance Administration.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime