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'Jail Red Cross fraudster for 5 years': Prosecutor

TT/The Local · 28 Apr 2010, 12:00

Published: 28 Apr 2010 12:00 GMT+02:00

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On the last day of the trial, prosecutor Alf Johansson recommended that the accused be held in custody while he awaits sentencing.

"I am of the opinion that he should be kept in custody in light of my plea for a long prison sentence and the fact that he does not have an income. With this in mind, there is a risk he could flee," Johansson told news agency TT.

Af Donner's lawyer Leif Silbersky, called on the court to display leniency when considering an appropriate punishment for his client.

"There is a long list of mitigating circumstances. He has confessed to his crimes, he wants to do the right thing, and he has shown remorse and contriteness."

Silbersky said he considered it absurd that the prosecutor had called for af Donner to be immediately placed in custody.

Af Donner was tried with two alleged accomplices, who denied many of the charges against them. Johansson has recommended jail terms for the men of 18 and 30 months respectively.

The former Red Cross communications director faced charges in the week-long trial of aggravated fraud and aggravated bribery and his accomplices are charged with aggravated bribery, aggravated accounting fraud and aggravated fiscal fraud. Af Donner confessed to fraud but denied the bribery charge.

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The Red Cross has said that the fraud amounted to 7.7 million kronor ($1.1 million). The suspects were accused of stealing 5.2 million kronor from the Red Cross between 2004 and 2009, and 2.5 million kronor from the Swedish Cancer Society, where af Donner had previously worked between 2000 and 2003.

Af Donner, who worked for the Red Cross until the middle of last year, was accused of making up fake invoices with the help of his unidentified accomplices, who worked for suppliers.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:16 April 28, 2010 by Marley420
only 5 years...? I think 15 to 20 is more proportionate. Many that donated to these organizations, wonder, what happen to their money? What systems are in place to ensure this does not happen again? Can we trust to donate again, knowingly our donations have meaning?
15:39 April 28, 2010 by broxcris
You can not avoid these events come true. Everywhere and anyway. You can not change this world. You just can change some men and women living in it. You can do so if you persuade them that any words they have said, any acts they have done, any thought they have thought it will be showed to anyone. Before they discover it when it's too late. It is not the punishment enforced by a trial what they have to be afraid, but everlasting verdict of the Maker.
16:25 April 28, 2010 by Mzungu
He's an out and out bloody thief,stealing monies which were donated to save lives of sick and injured ....

*lock him up,then throw away the key!*
16:55 April 28, 2010 by Soft Boiled
5 years is an injustice to all those people who have died because of this man.

Minimum of 20 yrs
20:05 April 28, 2010 by heu
Will he have to return it?

Otherwise, it was worth it.
08:53 April 29, 2010 by dobermann
That is the best new in a whole year..
13:14 April 29, 2010 by flintis
He'll probably get his wrist slapped & told not to do it again. They should make him return every penny, he probably lives in a house worth that much, confiscate it.
14:07 April 29, 2010 by Audrian
It is surprising that it took a long time to catch the thieves! This revelation has blemished the organization name, which might have taken many years to build.
16:48 May 1, 2010 by izbz
So donner's lawyer asking for leniency. Might as well make him the statsminister of Sweden
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