Sex chat woman loses sickness benefits

A Malmö woman has been ordered to repay 18,000 kronor ($2,300) by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Forsäkringskassan) for sickness benefits received while working on a phone sex chat line.

The woman, who is in her thirties, was at the same time employed by a telemarketing firm but argues that she was never employed for more than the 25 percent of work time that the agency had approved.

The agency meanwhile argues that the woman showed, by soliciting for further clients on the sex chat phone in, that she was capable of gainful employment and therefore not entitled to sickness benefits, according to the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

The woman appealed the decision to demand repayment for what she considered “a hobby” but the County Administrative Court (Länsrätten) confirmed the agency’s version of events and rejected her advances.

The court confirmed the Social Insurance Agency ruling that the woman had received an excessive level of sickness benefit over a nine month period based on erroneous and incomplete details.

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