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Swedish ex-politician arrested in Thailand to be prosecuted for fraud

Published onsdag 17 juli 2013 kl 15.53

Prosecutor Barbro Brännlund submitted a 30-page indictment on Wednesday against the former Conservative regional politician from Värmland, western Sweden, who was arrested by Thai police in March on suspicion of fraud.

The 58-year-old ex-politician is being prosecuted for two cases of severe fraud.

She allegedly tricked representatives of the Värmland Regional Council into paying out over four million SEK to her to cover patient visits that never took place.

A large number of people have testified that they never received any treatment from the 58-year-old, contrary to her own claims, news agency TT reports.

The woman reportedly submitted fake receipts and wrote fake patient journals.

The alleged frauds happened over a period of several years, at least from January 1st 2007 to August 31st 2012.

The woman also embezzled nearly 1 million SEK from her partner.

She has denied the crimes.

The ex-politician's nephew is also being prosecuted for dealing with stolen goods. The woman allegedly transferred money from her partner's company account to her own account and then to the nephew's company account.

The nephew, in turn, is suspected of receiving 598,000 SEK in his company account, which he then allegedly transferred to his private bank account.

The transactions are supposed to have happened in September 2012. On September 27th, Sweden issued an arrest warrant for the 58-year-old woman and her nephew.

The man, too, denies the crimes.

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