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Crime Classification

Economic crime does not fall under a specific section of the law. It is a collective term for several different types of crime. Many of these crimes are committed within some form of company or business.

Economic crime has a much greater number of unreported cases than any other type of crime. The reason for this is that many economic crimes will not have an individual victim; instead, society will suffer due to reduced tax income. Another effect is that they will lead to unfair competition. This is the case, for example, with black-market labour.

The two most common forms of economic crime are tax evasion and false accounting. Economic crimes are often revealed by the Swedish Tax Agency, receivers in bankruptcy or other actors that audit the accounts and transactions of a company. Other crimes investigated by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority are crimes related to the financial market.

Published 2016-10-17. Updated 2016-10-17

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