87-year-old gives 100,000 kronor to fake granddaughter

An elderly couple near Borås in southwestern were swindled out of 100,000 kronor ($16,500) by a woman pretending to be their grandchild.

A few days before Easter, an 87-year-old grandmother took a call from someone claiming to be her granddaughter.

The caller said she was in desperate need of money and asked for at least 150,000 kronor.

“She said the money was for a surprise that would be unveiled when the whole family was together [at Easter],” said one of the 87-year-old’s actual granddaughters, Anna Lukasiak, to the Borås Tidning newspaper.

As the money was supposedly for a surprise, the caller requested that the 87-year old not tell anyone else in the family about the loan.

The elderly woman ended up handing over more than 100,000 kronor to a male acquaintance of the caller who came by the house to pick up the money because the fake granddaughter couldn’t make the trip.

“My grandmother trusted the woman who called because she thought it was her granddaughter,” said Lukasiak.

When the entire family had gathered to celebrate Easter a few days later, the grandmother asked her grandchildren to tell the rest of the family about the surprise, at which point everyone realized the old woman had been swindled.

““Evidence suggests that the person involved knows the family well,” said Sture Thorstensson of the Borås police department.


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