By Dominic Chopping
STOCKHOLM--The Swedish Prosecution Authority on Monday charged a 47-year old Swedish man with espionage, alleging that he stole industrial information and sold it to Russia.
The suspect--who worked as a consultant for Volvo Cars and Scania--was charged with stealing information considered important for both companies as well as Sweden's national security, prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist told The Wall Street Journal.
According to the indictment, the man transferred material from his work computer to his private computer and then onto USB memory sticks. He also took photographs from the screen of his work computer in order to hide his activities from IT systems.
The accused was arrested at a restaurant in central Stockholm in February 2019 while meeting with a Russian intelligence officer who was operating in Sweden under diplomatic cover. He had just received 27,800 Swedish kronor ($3,359) from the diplomat.
Throughout his time spying for Russia--since at least 2017, according to allegations--the man had received at least SEK300,000, Mr. Ljungqvist said.
"My view is that the crime is serious and, if convicted, the suspect could expect a lengthy sentence," he said.
The maximum punishment for the crime of espionage is six years imprisonment.
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