Fraud Cases "Abandoned" by Police
The Stockholm Police has been harshly criticized by the government’s Justice Ombudsman for its negligent handling of fraud cases. According to Swedish Radio News, Ombudsman Mats Melin found that the police had done nothing in nine out of ten cases.
“If a person who has been a victim of crime in everyday life does not feel that he or she has the legal system’s support and help…I think that this is considerably more detrimental for security and confidence in the judicial system than the number of visible police who patrol on streets and squares,” Melin told the radio.
But Mikael Rystedt of the Stockholm Police holds that the police just haven’t been able to keep up with the enormous increase in fraud cases. At the same time as the number of such cases has skyrocketed, “available investigative resources have not increased at the same pace so we just simply haven’t had the chance to investigate all the incoming cases.”
The Justice Ombudsman looked at over 1,100 fraud cases in the investigation, and found faults in nearly every one of them.