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Credit card fraud suspect ‘flees to South America’

The CEO of a Norrköping-based firm suspected of involvement in bank card fraud has disappeared and plundered company funds.

Tens of thousands of Swedish debit and credit cards need to be replaced after card numbers leaked from a card transaction system.

The CEO of Alphacash – the company that sold the system to businesses in the southern part of Sweden – disappeared one month ago, emptying the firm’s coffers in the process.

Encrypted information about the cards is stored in the system for a short period after a transaction has taken place. The CEO is suspected of somehow having retrieved this information, although it is not yet known how it might have been used.

Two of the company’s co-owners remain in Norrköping.

“I am very distressed by this. It has to have been somebody on the inside who is responsible for this. It feels like everything is falling apart,” one of them told Norrköpings Tidningar.

The co-owner said he had spent the last weeks working with Swedish banks in an attempt to figure out the source of the leak.

The company’s 30-year-old CEO is suspected of having fled to South America.

“We have just had sporadic e-mail contact, and I can say that we have posted a lot of questions but received few answers,” said the co-owner.

CRIME

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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