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Financial hit for terror funding suspects

Published tisdag 13 december 2016 kl 10.03
Tax agency: We can see unexplained income
(1:08 min)
The Swedish Tax Agency.
The Swedish Tax Agency. Credit: Kenny Bengtsson / SvD / TT.

The Swedish Tax Agency has hit 120 people who are suspected of financing terrorism with increased tax bills.

The Swedish Security Service gave the Tax Agency 400 tipoffs and so far 120 investigations have been completed, bringing in more than SEK 10 million in extra tax payments, said Pia Bergman, who investigates serious crimes for the agency.

She said those who have had to pay extra tax are based in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Gävle and Örebro.

“We can see people living on benefits but when we look at their accounts, we see that they get money from different places, different people, different companies,” Bergman told Swedish Radio.

“We can see the high ranking people in the community who receive money not explained by their salaries and other declared income.”

This so-called Al Capone model is a way of combating suspected terrorists by going after the wallets of those who fund it.

The model is named after the infamous American mobster who was convicted in the 1930s not for being a killer or a bootlegger but rather for evading taxes on his illegal income.

Last week, it was revealed that the police and security service had yet to bring a criminal prosecution against anyone suspected of financing terrorism, despite the law being introduced two years ago.

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