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Fraud case in court

Father accused of instructing daughter to fake illness

Published tisdag 8 november 2011 kl 13.53
The father is accused of forcing his daughter to fake an illness for 8 years. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/Scanpix

The trial of a man, accused of serious fraud by convincing his daughter to feign illness for several years, started at a district court in Malmö on Tuesday. For seven years, the man has been given over 350,000 US dollars in so called assistance compensation from the Social Insurance Agency.

The payments started when the girl was ten years old, and she has been examined by many specialists over the years. It was the girl herself who went to the police. She was taken into care, and it was decided the father was not allowed to visit her. Within a few months the girl was transformed, according to the staff at the care home, who now described her as completely normal. Doctors and psychiatrists examined her again and found that there was no support for the diagnosis she had lived with for many years.

The man's lawyer questions how she was able to fool all those specialists if she was only faking illness. According to the prosecutor there is no evidence that the girl has been forced to pretend to be ill, but he claims the father taught her how to do it. The question is how an ill girl can all of a sudden become well, when she is allowed to manage on her own, without her father's help.

The trial is expected to go on until the end of the month.

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