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AIK used money from suspected fraudster for player transfer

Published onsdag 17 juli 2013 kl 10.06
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Football club AIK received SEK 12 million from a security company accused of fraud, and now Radio P4 Stockholm has revealed that 5 million was used to buy a player, 5 million was put in a bank account in Luxemburg and the remaining 2 million was lent out.

Jochum Söderström, a former manager of the Swedish Financial Intelligence Unit, told Radio P4 Stockholm that the transactions could have involved money laundering.

 

"Large, even sums that in a short time are moved between different accounts is a classic form of transaction which is very interesting to examine from a money laundering perspective," Söderström said.

AIK received the SEK 12 million from security firm Skyddsteknik in 2009.

At the time, AIK had an agreement with a different company, Laccord, which was to finance a player purchase for around five million SEK. Instead, AIK received twice as much, from Skyddsteknik.

Söderström says the doubling of the amount should have made AIK suspicious.

After the player purchase, AIK sent five million back as a repayment, but it went to an account in Luxemburg belonging to Laccord, and not to Skyddsteknik.

Laccord's owner is today accused of several financial crimes. At the time of the transactions to AIK, he also controlled Skyddsteknink, according to prosecutors and several other sources whom P4 Radio Stockholm has spoken to.

AIK's former and current CEO declined to comment on the new revelations, but in a previous interview Thomas Edselius, AIK's current CEO, said that the club has done nothing wrong.

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