Authorities: Criminals starting companies to defraud Swedish welfare system
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.