Authorities: Criminals starting companies to defraud Swedish welfare system

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  • Organised criminals are increasingly operating through companies that use false claims on the welfare system and evade tax to pocket billions of kronor in public money every year, according to a new report from several government agencies.

  • "In the past, serious criminals used to rob banks or armoured vehicles transporting cash from one place to another. Now they rob the welfare system instead," said Britt-Marie Hjulström, department head at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

  • Twelve government agencies - including the tax office, the social insurance agency, the customs and the police - are behind the report.