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Former Saab executives arrested in accounting-fraud probe

Tue, 21 May 2013

Three former Saab executives, including former CEO Jan-Aake Jonsson, were arrested Monday on suspicion of “grave attempts to complicate tax controls” during 2010 and 2011, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The Swedish Economic Crime Authority's chief prosecutor, Olof Sahlgren, declined to give the names of the arrested, but Bloomberg confirmed in court documents that Jonsson, former chief financial officer Karl-Gustav Lindstroem and formal general counsel Kristina Geers were detained.

“It's about accounting measures to complicate the control operations of the tax authority regarding the calculation of taxes and fees,” Sahlgren told Bloomberg.

The investigation is focused on Saab prior to its bankruptcy filing in December 2011, almost two years after Spyker bought Saab from General Motors. National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB bought Saab out of bankruptcy in August.

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By Angie Fisher