Soccer club given cash by fraudsters?
A top Swedish football club may be forced to pay back a multi-million kronor donation from a private security company that has since gone into receivership. But no-one even knows why the club was given the money in the first place.
AIK is one of this country's top soccer teams, and according to investigators looking into the dealings of a security company accused of fraud, the club was given 12 million kronor in several installments during 2009. But what the investigators don't understand is why the company gave the club the cash in the first place, and they tell Swedish Radio P4 Stockholm they might claim the money back.
The company, called Skyddsteknik, was a security company and is currently under investigation by the authorities for various financial and bookkeeping crimes, in connection with the collapse of its mother company Panaxia. That means that a lot of the documents are currently in the hands of the Swedish Economic Crime Authority, making things even more difficult for the receivers to get to the bottom of it all.
Stefan Christenson, one of the company's recievers, says he doing all he can to try to find out why the company sent the cash. "I can't see any reason for it", he says, "Panaxia did sponsor AIK, but not Skyddsteknik. Skyddsteknik was also at the edge of the whole Panaxia group of companies, so I can't see any reason why they would send the cash to AIK", he added.
Representatives from the club told P4 Stockholm they had no idea about the donations.