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Bus driver accused of selling fake tickets, earning thousands

A bus driver in Östergötland county is on trial suspected of having earned up to half a million kronor (49,000 euros) by selling fake tickets.

Bus driver accused of selling fake tickets, earning thousands
File photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

The driver stands accused of earning thousands by selling bogus travel cards to passengers over a period spanning several years, reports P4 Östergötland.

He is accused of manipulating travel cards and then selling them for cash, according to the report.

In an ongoing trial at Linköping District Court, the prosecution said that it estmiates losses to the traffic authority in the county to be as much as 500,000 kronor.

Charges were brought against the bus driver in October last year. He is accused of serious fraud. His wife is also on trial, on charges of receiving stolen goods and money laundering, while the couple’s son is accused of money laundering.

“They have bought cars and saved a lot of money. We found a total of 238,000 kronor (23,000 euros) in cash at their home and they also have a large amount in bank savings,” prosecutor Eva Kokkonen told P4 Östergötland.

Three further men are also on trial in connection with the case. All parties have denied the charges against them.

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‘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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