Vice Squad
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Corruption in Swedish Alcohol Sales

In October, Vice Squad brought word of a corruption scandal engulfing Sweden's retail alcohol monopolist, Systembolaget. The main charges involved employees who took kickbacks from alcohol suppliers in exchange for pushing specific brands of alcohol. Fifty employees have now been fired and charged in the wake of the scandal. There's not a lot of money in this type of corruption, it seems. The total amount of alleged bribes, divided by the 77 Systembolaget one-time employees (27 had already quit) who were charged, comes to about $2208 each.

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