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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.

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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