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    Refugees sleep outside the entrance of the Swedish Migration Agency's arrival center for asylum seekers at Jagersro in Malmo, Sweden, early November 20, 2015

    Dirty Little Secret: Criminals Goldbricking on Refugees in Sweden

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    The mob can cash in big on accommodating thousands of refugees flowing into Sweden, Dagens Nyheter daily newspaper wrote.

    A 39-year-old man with links to the Bandidos MC gang and a long list of criminal offenses behind his back is being probed as part of an investigation of a shady firm accommodating refugees in the so-called “family homes.”

    Over the past few months the “businessmen” have presented local municipalities with checks worth millions of crowns for their “services.”

    Almost 30,000 children and teenage refugees have applied for asylum in Sweden since August 1, 2015 making it increasingly hard for the authorities to control the quality of services offered by the local asylum centers, the newspaper wrote.

    Eric Semb, a social worker at Helmstad, said that last fall the service found itself hard put accommodating eight young men. They eventually decided to send the eight newcomers to a newly-opened asylum center, which had not yet been issued a working license.

    The young men were formally accommodated with the asylum’s owner — a 33-year-old car dealer from Goteborg who happened to act as a front for his 39-year-old brother who is suspected of forging the license to run the asylum.

    Moreover, it later transpired that the man was prominent member of the local underworld.

    During the 1990s he was jailed for a string of burglaries, assaults and forgeries. In 2004 he helped the Bandidos MC gang settle down in Goteborg.

    The “businessman” was finally arrested on December 23, 2015, but the eight youngsters stayed at the center until mid-January 2016 while the authorities were looking for a new place to accommodate them.

    An investigation conducted by Dagens Nyheter revealed that several other municipalities has also used the  firm’s “services.” In Halmstad the local municipality paid the conmen a daily allowance for 2,500 crowns (around 250 euros) for each teenager.

    In Helsingborg the authorities shelled out equal sums,   with millions of taxpayers’ crowns ending up in the hands of the shady businessmen.

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