Monday, April 17, 2006

That Swedish Ferrari-Felon Was In An L.A. Court Today

In an appearance before a judge in Division 30 Of the L.A. County Superior Court Prosecutors brought their complaint forward charging, Bo Stefan M. Eriksson, 44, with three counts each of Theft and Embezzlement. He is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. In addition, Eriksson faces two counts misdemeanor, driving under the influence that are related to that spectacular crash in Malibu last February 21st.

The former Tiger Telematics Europe and Gizmondo executive has been held in custody or jail since April 13th.

L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Steven Sowders said that Eriksson removed three valuable leased cars including that crashed Ferrari Enzo from the UK. The involved bank’s lease purportedly did not allow Eriksson to move the cars.

The firearm charge may be difficult to prove without either testimony from a witness or and admission from Eriksson. Since Eriksson is not the only resident of the home where the handgun was recovered prosecutors may have to prove possession and ownership.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is still conducting a forensic examination of the data contained the computers seized from Eriksson during service of search warrants. Eriksson’s business activities will face certain scrutiny as all the information is shared with the IRS and other law enforcement agencies.

So far conviction on just the current charges may bring Eriksson as many as 14 years behind bars.

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