Red Cross donations drop after corruption scandal
The Swedish Red Cross lost nearly one in five members last year, a total of some 44,000 financial contributors, following revelations that corrupt bosses in the charity had embezzled millions of kronor.
After first coming to light more than two years ago, the embarrassing case culminated Monday with a court sentencing former communications director Johan af Donner to five years in prison. The group says regular monthly contributions as well as donations to sidewalk solicitors have dropped precipitously.
Red Cross spokesperson Karin Tengby said Wednesday that corruption is not unusual in large charities, but that most cases are not reported to police to avoid bad publicity. Tengby said that filing charges was the right course and that the Red Cross accepts the consequences.