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Car owner fined over 'bun money' bribe

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11:41 CEST+02:00
A man in western Sweden has been found guilty of bribery after enclosing 200 kronor ($28) worth of "bun money" in an application submitted to the Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket).

The man, from the small town of Floda 30 kilometres west of Gothenburg, initially applied to the administration for a verification of origin relating to an imported vehicle, local newspaper Alingsås Tidning reports.

When an administrative official responded with a call for supplementary documentation, the car owner duly complied. But not before he had also popped 200 kronor labelled "bun money" into the envelope.

However, rather than contributing to a pleasant coffee break, the money made its way to the prosecutor's office. The car owned was cleared of bribery charges by Alingsås District Court, but the prosecutor remained unsatisfied and took the matter to the Court of Appeal, where the man was fined 7,200 kronor.

A refusal by the Supreme Court to grant the car owner leave to appeal means the Floda resident has run out of options and must pay the fine.

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