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Bankers blindsided by con artist's creamy cake

TT/David Landes · 16 Nov 2009, 15:39

Published: 16 Nov 2009 15:39 GMT+01:00

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The 36-year-old resident of Farsta, south of Stockholm, used fake certified cheques to fool tellers at a branch of the Nordea bank in Vällingby, west of Stockholm, the Metro newspaper reports.

Donning a smart suit and an air of confidence, the man is shown on security camera footage calming walking with a bank employee to one of the bank’s vaults to take out 10 million kronor in gold bars and 2 million kronor worth of euro notes.

The man first went to the Nordea branch earlier this year with two certified cheques from Handelsbanken, claiming he wanted to change banks because he was moving his business.

A bank employee then called Handelsbanken to verify the checks. But what the employee didn’t know was that the 36-year-old had supplied him with a false number which put him in touch with the swindler’s accomplice.

The accomplice told the Nordea employee that he had approved the cheques himself, but was unable to provide any additional proof because of computer problems at Handelsbanken.

The Nordea employee nevertheless approved the cheques, allowing the 36-year-old to defraud the bank of millions of kronor. Two days later he arrived at the bank to pick up his gold bars and two million kronor worth of cash. With the money in his possession, the fraudster produced a cream pie and handed it over to staff as a measure of his thanks for their fine customer service.

The scam was uncovered by a bank employee when the 36-year-old tried to process a third cheque, but by then the man had disappeared.

He was eventually arrested last summer for narcotics crimes and has now been sentenced to eight years in prison for both the fraud and drugs offences.

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“A spectacularly executed crime which also resulted in a long prison sentence,” prosecutor Eva Wintzell told Metro.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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16:39 November 16, 2009 by DAVID T
Brilliant - Did the Nordea bank employee get fired?
17:05 November 16, 2009 by tonycobh
"He was eventually arrested last summer for narcotics crimes". mmm.... like to bet that his name was NOT something like Bjorn Carlson?

But we'll never know, will we?
17:22 November 16, 2009 by Rick Methven
"A well-dressed Swedish fraudster"

His name could have been Petersson eller Svenson
18:17 November 16, 2009 by Thompsuleme
Common!!! give me a break, he gets caught for what??? Great job ,
19:22 November 16, 2009 by Beavis
Typical bank employee not checking with a superior, when will they learn they dont know everything and it is better to check something than assume your right!
20:02 November 16, 2009 by jack sprat
With that sort of money in his pocket he should have kept his nose clean and his head down for a while.

Very clever,...........then very stupid!
20:59 November 16, 2009 by delusion1982
Great job, he was actually at the end caught by a narcotics crime, otherwise, they would have never got their hands on him, how ironic...
22:07 November 16, 2009 by Gwrhyr
What an idiot... he shouldn't have continued a life of crime after obtaining that much money. Just lay low, perhaps retire to Costa Rica where you can make that money last.

Not condoning his crime at all, but it's funny how the people who end up carrying out crimes are always stupid enough to get caught in the end. I don't see why people think they can make a living off of crime, surely you're going to get caught for something after awhile.
23:04 November 16, 2009 by Jimmy
8 years for this and narcotics and correct me if I am wrong were not 3 guys sentenced to a tiotal of 8 years for raping a 12 year old boy.

where does sweden put its values
10:27 November 17, 2009 by tommy the cat

You're right for the most part, but I bet there's a bunch of smart people that are quietly enjoying their early retirement thanks to the proceeds of crime. You're never going to hear of them because neither the police nor the perpetrator want you to.
11:43 November 17, 2009 by jack sprat
Quite agree tommy,...probably a much bigger bunch than most people realize.
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