A Swedish woman who has been on the run since 2007 has received a 25-year prison sentence in Ethiopia on charges of fraud and human trafficking, Sweden’s TV4 news reports.
Ingela Jansson, one of the Sweden’s most notorious fraudsters, was arrested in Ethiopia in January 2010, having absconded from Sweden in 2007.
In mid-May, an Ethiopian court handed Jansson a 25-year prison sentence, convicting her of 20 counts of fraud and human trafficking.
A 35-year-old Swedish accomplice was also convicted and sentenced to 23 years in prison.
“Both have appealed some of the points on which they were convicted. The embassy is there following the case and visiting the Swedes in prison,” foreign ministry spokesperson Karin Nylund told the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The 30-year-old from western Sweden is well known in police circles in Sweden.
Her criminal activities first came to light in 2003 when she was charged with fraud after leasing cars in her boyfriend’s name, then selling them on the black market.