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Criminal flees country after massive payment blunder

A Gothenburg criminal is believed to be hiding out in Thailand after local authorities accidentally paid almost half a million kronor into his bank account, Metro reports.

Criminal flees country after massive payment blunder

Administrators from the municipal buildings office had intended to pay the money – 464,252 kronor ($56,000) – into the account of the Gothenburg city centre district council to cover the entire cost of premises the council had been unable to rent out in 2008. Instead the money wound up in the hands of a 25-year-old man with a protected identity who is well known among local drug addicts.

“We should of course have called and checked but we did not believe it was possible to make a payment to a private individual through our internal payment system,” Ralph Sköld, head of the buildings office, told Metro.

Sköld characterised as a “catastrophe” the fact that the money was paid into the known criminal’s account on December 18th. By the time the error was detected in the New Year, the unlikely beneficiary of the city’s generosity had already emptied his account and skipped the country.

“We’re not doing so well right now,” said Ralph Sköld.

HEALTH

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 

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