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Bound woman ‘faked the incident’: police

The woman found tied up and gagged next to a Swedish motorway on Tuesday is not the victim of any crime, having staged the incident herself, according to police reports.

“After being questioned for three hours the woman changed her story and admitted it was fake,” said Christer Nordström of the Uppsala police to daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

The Local reported on Wednesday that a 24-year-old woman had been found on the side of the E4 southbound outside of Uppsala at around 9.40pm on Tuesday evening.

The woman had seemingly been dumped from a car and was found leaning against a fence by the side of the road. She was immediately taken to hospital and an interpreter was found to enable police to glean from the woman what had happened.

Police followed up on a lead regarding a white van during Wednesday and three people were later detained pending questioning.

But the woman cracked during police interrogation and revealed that the whole incident was a scam. According to police she left a full account of why she had acted as she did.

“But considering her personal circumstances we have chosen not to comment on that,” Nordström told SvD.

Local paper Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) reported that the woman comes from Mongolia and that she is seeking asylum in Sweden.

The police told SvD that they had deployed a lot of resources into the investigation, as they had had no reason to believe that the woman was lying.

She has now been released by police and according to SvD, authorities will on Friday decide whether or not to charge her.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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