Fraud suspect commits suicide while in police custody

December 3rd, 2014

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30-year-old not handcuffed when he jumped out of his apartment window

A Nordea employee charged with committing fraud relating to a quarter of a billion kroner jumped to his death on Monday from his sixth floor Ørestad apartment.

According to Radio24syv, the 30-year-old IT professional from Nordea had been arrested on Monday morning and charged with fraud and economic crimes amounting to 250 million kroner. The suspect was allegedly attempting to transfer funds to his own account and those of some of his friends.

Fatal flight
The man was arrested at his workplace on Monday morning and then taken to his private apartment in Ørestad, where the police planned to conduct a search.

But the suspect surprised the two officers involved by jumping out of a window of his sixth floor flat. He died instantly.

“I will not go into details, but can confirm that we suspected the man of comprehensive economic crimes,” Bent Isager-Nielsen, an inspector from Københavns Vestegns Politi, told Radio24syv.

“Out of respect for the next-of-kin and the ongoing investigation, I cannot say any more about this tragic case.”

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The arrest at the workplace took place without incident, and the suspect was not handcuffed nor restrained when he jumped.

No funds lost
Independent police investigators Den Uafhængige Politiklagemyndighed have questioned the two officers involved in the case. The agency investigates any case involving a suspect being injured while in police custody.

Nordea said in a statement that neither the bank nor its customers suffered any losses in connection with the case, and that the bank "has full confidence in the internal control procedures".


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