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Crime bureau strikes a nerve in dentist tax scam

Forty-five Swedish dentists risk falling foul of the law as the authorities launch an investigation into a suspected 113 million kronor ($16 million) tax dodge.

Crime bureau strikes a nerve in dentist tax scam

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) and the National Economic Crimes Bureau (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) have launched a joint investigation into suspicions that dentists from around the country have been secretly channeling funds to the the Isle of Man via Belgium and the Netherlands.

The money is believed to have been moved out of the country through the Stockholm subsidiary of a Dutch company, which approached the dentists with the scheme as a means of evading taxes in Sweden.

According to the investigation’s findings, the dentists drew relatively low wages from their practices, instead choosing to send any excess money to the Netherlands and eventually on to the Irish Sea tax haven.

Many of the dentists are thought to have invested in life insurance policies on the Isle of Man, while others obtained bank cards enabling them to make withdrawals from their secret fortunes on the island, newspaper Bohusläningen reports.

If found guilty, the dentists will have their incomes reassessed and will be ordered to pay back taxes, as well as facing hefty fines and jail terms of six months or more.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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