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Hells Angels leader loses sickness benefits

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07:48 CET+01:00
A prominent Swedish member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang will have to survive without the sickness benefits he has been receiving for the past 10 years as he was shown to have hidden income sources.

Hells Angels member Thomas Möller in Malmö will no longer be able to cash in more than 200,000 ($24,500) per annum in sickness benefits after a decision by the Social Insurance Agency (Forsäkringskassan) to freeze the payments, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Möller had been the subject of an investigation after it had emerged that he had kept incomes totalling several million kronor from the tax authorities.

"Sickness benefit is a means-tested benefit. If we find out that a claimant has received undeclared income then we are within our rights to cease payments," explained Thomas Falk at the agency.

Thomas Möller was one of the 100 gang members on a list of the criminally active compiled by the National Investigation Department (Rikskriminalen) in 2006. He is known to be a leading member of the Hells Angels criminal gang in Sweden.

The police and tax authorities opened an investigation into Möller's private finances that despite the lack of declared income enabled him to drive around Malmö in expensive cars and commute between Sweden and South Africa.

Information received from the the South African tax authorities revealed that Möller had deposited 10 million kronor in a bank in Cape Town.

The tax authorities raised the assessment of Möller income accordingly and his debt to the Swedish tax payer is currently in excess of 130,000 kronor.

Möller could also now be liable for the repayment of millions of kronor received from Forsäkringskassan over the past ten years.

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