Jail for bank loans on false premises


Published 23 November 2022 at 10.39

Domestic. Helsingborg district court has sentenced two men, 62 and 57 years old, to prison for several cases of gross fraud. The crimes mainly concern a number of bank loans to a total amount of around SEK 65 million that one or both of the men obtained under false pretenses.

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Because the 57-year-old could not be served with the indictment in time, most of the crimes against him have had time to expire.

The district court has tried two charges against the 57-year-old and convicts him of gross fraud in both cases.

The 62-year-old was charged with 16 cases of gross fraud and the district court convicted him on all counts.

The men have admitted that they did what the prosecutor claimed but believe that they did not are guilty of a crime because they lacked knowledge of the underlying conditions and thus did not intend to mislead. Among other things, they have explained this by saying that a third person, who testified in the trial, would be responsible. According to themselves, the men have not carried out any checks whatsoever on the documents they signed and certified for the banks. According to the district court, this appears to be an afterthought.

The two men were sentenced in a partial verdict on January 11 this year for three cases of gross infidelity against the principal. The punishment was then for both 2 years and 6 months in prison. When the district court now sentences a new prison sentence, the district court ensures that the penalties together do not exceed what would have been sentenced for the total crime.

Now the district court sentences the 62-year-old man for 16 cases of gross fraud to an additional 2 years imprisonment. The 57-year-old man is sentenced to another 1 year in prison for two counts of gross fraud.