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Prison for dad who made girl fake mental illness

TT/The Local/dl · 15 Dec 2011, 11:43

Published: 15 Dec 2011 11:43 GMT+01:00

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The man was convicted of aggravated fraud and aggravated benefits crimes after having received around 2.4 million kronor ($343,000) in personal care and medical assistance benefits meant to reimburse him for taking caring for his supposedly ill daughter.

Between 2003 and 2010, the man provided false information to both the National Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) and local authorities in Malmö about his daughter's mental health resulting in weekly payouts of roughly 25,000 kronor.

The now 18-year-old girl has been held in isolation since the age of seven with the father claiming that she was infantile and unable to express herself in any other way than sounds and body language, leading to a diagnosis of autism and severe development disabilities.

But last autumn the girl ran away from home with her boyfriend and reported her father for unlawful threats, bringing his scam to the attention of the authorities.

She was then placed in a youth home, where the social services carried out an investigation which revealed that, contrary to all previous diagnoses, she had a high-level of mental functionality.

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The father, who was arrested last summer, has continually denied committing any crime and still maintains his daughter is mentally ill.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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12:32 December 15, 2011 by matona1
the father is financialy ill
13:41 December 15, 2011 by Opinionfool
The girl was "held in isolation" and "ran away with her boyfriend". Something doesn't add up there.
15:53 December 15, 2011 by zooeden
Give him 7 years at least!!!
16:43 December 15, 2011 by Frobobbles
This is so typical of Sweden. Had it been in a country like Austria or England, the focus had been on the imprisonment of the girl from the age of 7. Comparisons would have been made with Josef Fritzl and similar cases. The man would have got a prison sentence for keeping the girl prisoner for 10 years, destroying her childhood and denying her the right to go to school

But not in Sweden. No, here the man's crime in defined as fraud against the state and BENEFIT CRIME. The victim is the natural insurance, and that is what sends the man to jail.
16:58 December 15, 2011 by Paddy
That story is mental!
17:18 December 15, 2011 by ebsor12
Deport him to USA,..........
17:49 December 15, 2011 by juvi999
I think the father is mentally ill, not the daughter.
18:57 December 15, 2011 by Look
Malmö...?! Is that even Sweden by now?

Seriously, i was under the impression that they're looking for approval from the UN to gain recognition as a state.
19:39 December 15, 2011 by tgolan
What do you mean Swedish father, This is again a press cover up in the name of multi culturism, to anyone who has seen or listened to this guy it is obvious what he is... There is a group of immigrants who think that their religion gives them the right to cheat us non belivers
07:04 December 16, 2011 by Grokh
well if she didnt have mental problems, and was forced to pretend to be autist for 10 years then im sure she will have mental problems now, anyone with a parent like that has a ticket to crazyplace.

Bad parenting number 1 cause for all thats wrong with the world
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