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Home helper in dock after old man's bequest

James Savage · 20 Jul 2010, 09:03

Published: 20 Jul 2010 09:03 GMT+02:00

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The woman, 55, was left nearly 450,000 kronor (about $61,000) in 2008 after the death of the 82-year-old man. The man had previously told the woman than she would receive "everything he owned and had," according to court documents.

Prosecutors say that the woman, who has been employed by a local council in Värmland, western Sweden, came into contact with the old man through her job. She was his home helper until 2007, one year before his death.

In 2007, the woman was given power of attorney over the man's affairs, meaning she was able to make financial decisions on his behalf.

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The fact that that the woman was employed by the council meant that the bequest was "improper reward for carrying out her duties in the care service and for her position as Olsson's attorney," prosecutors alleged in the deposition.

James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

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11:23 July 20, 2010 by Audrian
This woman might have been kind to him, far beyond the requirements of responsibilities. Where were the relatives in his time of need? He probably gave her his money because nobody else deserved it.
11:34 July 20, 2010 by Great Scott
Is this another sick story from Sweden.
13:59 July 20, 2010 by LeoKinmann
this news certainly disencourages all the home helpers from doing a good job. the ghost of the 90s Social Democrat Spirit is here to say: everybody must be equally mediocre, if you inherit some money from a man you treated well, the government WILL take away everything! in Sweden at least half of the inheritance is passed along to your children, even if the death wish specifically leaves nothing to the kids. Imagine how rich Bill Gates' kids will be if he were a Swedish entrepreneur. Oh btw, Sweden can never have an entrepreneur like him cos our government WILL make him tax away every penny he made!
14:19 July 20, 2010 by 2394040
Wait a minute! The prosecutors were accused of taking bribes??? This must be worded wrong; it doesn't make sense.
16:40 July 20, 2010 by Puffin
According to Swedish law salaried public employees are not allowed to take large gifts or money from people they care for as a part of their working duties - it comes under the Bribe Laws. This it to prevent vulnerable elderly people being pressured to change their wills by unscrupulous home care or nursing staff etc - something that this woman should have known about.

There is nothing in any of the articles about what contacts he had with his family - just that relatives knew nothing of this new and secret will made 6 months before he died and left everything to his municipal carer instead of his elderly sister.

According to the Swedish press the woman had taken an unusual interest in her client

- she was his municipal home help carer

- she was also his 'kontaktperson' - managing all his contacts with external agencies

- a year before he died she had herslf appointed as his 'goda man' - a type of trustee position which means she managed all of his financial affairs

It might of course be that she was just a very nice and helpful person - however I think that the level of power concentrated in the woman's hands is a worrying conflict of interests that could easily be seen as exploitation
17:56 July 20, 2010 by "green Swede"
seems to me,at least based on the little information given,that the gentleman should be allowed to leave his momey to WHOEVER he deems fit.
18:28 July 20, 2010 by eddie123
not again.
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