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Post office thief bags underwear and toy phone

A man has been charged with the theft of thousands of letters and packages while employed at the post office sorting terminal in Alvesta in southern Sweden.

There are no fewer than 1,600 plaintiffs named in the indictment against the 26-year-old man who stands accused of having stolen 2,245 letters and packages with contents worth around 90,000 kronor ($11,500).

A raid at the man’s home in October turned up 133 lottery tickets, 53 pendants, 33 necklaces, five items of underwear, 113 flower vouchers, two compasses and a toy mobile phone.

The man, who has been employed at the Alvesta terminal for several years has now been charged with aggravated theft and breach of post and telecom confidentially.

The management at the terminal had garnered suspicions that items were disappearing throughout the autumn. The post office’s security department was called in and suspicions were soon concentrated on the 25-year-old man.

When the security department arrested the man in October and turned him over to the police he had stolen 40 items of mail that very day.

According to the indictment the man stole items on 26 separate occasions between August and October 2008.

The man has admitted the thefts and has been held in custody during the course of the investigation.

The trial begins on Friday in Växjö in southern Sweden.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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