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Hells Angels leader loses sickness benefits

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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‘Discount’ phone scammers steal thousands from elderly woman in Sweden

A 75-year-old woman in the Håbo municipality lost over 120,000 kronor (11,200 euros) on Friday after falling victim to a telephone scam.

'Discount' phone scammers steal thousands from elderly woman in Sweden
File photo: Anders Wiklund/ TT

The woman received a phone around lunchtime on Friday from a man who claimed he was calling from a telecommunications operator.

Following a method similar to others seen in telephone scams which target the elderly, the man is reported to have informed the woman that she had unused discounts and was required to log on to her online banking in order to activate them.

“He must have been persuasive, given that he convinced her to log on to her online bank,” Uppsala Police press spokesperson Linda Wideberg told Radio P4 Uppland, who reported the scam.

The incident is now being investigated as fraud, police said.

Other recent scams in Sweden have seen fake emails and text messages which purport to be from the Skatteverket tax authority. 

“Skatteverket will never ask for your account details via email or text message,” the tax agency said in a statement in June this year.

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