Sharp increase in economic crimes

Sweden | 2012-02-21

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The Swedish Economic Crime Authority has a growing number serious economic crimes on its table. Last year, 4300 suspected serious economic crimes were reported. That is an increase of 50 per cent compared to last year.

“We see that economic crimes increase and becomes increasingly more serious,” says Eva Håkansson Fröjelin, Director General of the Economic Crime Authority, to public broadcaster SVT.

It is about tax and accounting offences in connection with bankruptcies, and fraud involving the government wage guarantee.

Much of the increase is due to more crimes being discovered than before, but the authority also points out that free movement across borders, and the government's efforts to facilitate entrepreneurship has created greater opportunities for fraud and crime.


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