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Tax agency staff set to face fraud charges

An administrator at the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) and three other people are expected to be charged for their involvement in a fraud scandal.

Tax agency staff set to face fraud charges

According to chamber prosecutor Ove Lundgren, the Swedish Economic Crime Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) estimates the case involves at least 120 million kronor ($16.89 million).

“It involved that much money,” he told news agency TT on Tuesday.

Three of the suspects have been detained for some time on suspicion of aggravated tax evasion.

Lundgren declined to comment on what the suspects have done or what specific charges he plans to file. According to information from earlier this year, it may involve VAT fraud.

The 42-year-old administrator at the agency has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated fraud and serious breach of trust.

Two other men aged 35 and 37 were detained for aggravated fraud. A fourth person is a suspect in the scandal, but is not currently in custody.

At the end of last year, the agency discovered the scandal when someone responded to a suspicious transaction. When the agency went into its system, it found more suspicious transactions.

In January, an administrator at the agency was reported to the police and later arrested. Two other men were charged in absentia on suspicion of aggravated fraud.

Both have since surrendered and are currently in custody.

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FRAUD

‘Discount’ phone scammers steal thousands from elderly woman in Sweden

A 75-year-old woman in the Håbo municipality lost over 120,000 kronor (11,200 euros) on Friday after falling victim to a telephone scam.

'Discount' phone scammers steal thousands from elderly woman in Sweden
File photo: Anders Wiklund/ TT

The woman received a phone around lunchtime on Friday from a man who claimed he was calling from a telecommunications operator.

Following a method similar to others seen in telephone scams which target the elderly, the man is reported to have informed the woman that she had unused discounts and was required to log on to her online banking in order to activate them.

“He must have been persuasive, given that he convinced her to log on to her online bank,” Uppsala Police press spokesperson Linda Wideberg told Radio P4 Uppland, who reported the scam.

The incident is now being investigated as fraud, police said.

Other recent scams in Sweden have seen fake emails and text messages which purport to be from the Skatteverket tax authority. 

“Skatteverket will never ask for your account details via email or text message,” the tax agency said in a statement in June this year.

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