Carl Freer Scam – How Low Can You Go?

Carl Freer  shrugs off his early arrests and criminal conviction with a dismissive one liner –  That scam was a small student loan and it was just a misunderstanding.  

Well – not really.  That’s not how the police saw it, that is not how the bank saw it, that’s not how the judge saw it, and that is not how it was reported 11 years ago in the Swedish media.

The report below, which we have translated snippets from for you, lays it out pretty clearly.  

But before we get to that there’s this other small matter to address.  It is touched on briefly at the very bottom of the translated article.

I can’t continue – I have a personal tragedy – I can’t pay you – MY FATHER JUST DIED!

My Father Just Died

The truth is his father had not died.  His father was alive and well.  He lived another 10 years in fact – eventually dying, on 4 May 2011. 

This Carl Freer scam wherein he claimed his father had died, was to con a lawyer out of his legal fees in setting up a philanthropic Foundation.  Carl of course used the “Foundation” (he had the paperwork to “prove” it) to lend himself an air of credibility and wealth

Remember how the Kings Medical Research Trust was scammed?  That Carl Freer scam promised the multi-million dollar donation – they were going to put him on the board – preparing to change the letterhead – he never paid them a penny – he stated in SEC documents the trustee appointment – evidence of what a great philanthropist he is.  Similar to the scams he pulled on Georgia Tech University and on Canterbury University.

In 2001 media reports say Carl Freer engaged a lawyer to set up a Foundation.  This Foundation was called “Earth Matters Foundation” and had the purpose of conserving endangered animal and plant species.  It was to be financed to the tune of  SEK 201 million – (USD 22 Million in today’s money – worth a lot more than 11 years ago).

The lawyer drew up all the paperwork in preparation for filing, but just before actually filing it Carl Freer pulled out, claiming he could not continue as his father had just died.

The lawyer, falling for the lie, never received a penny for his work.  However, as explained above, this Carl Freer scam benefited Carl handsomely. 

Think about this – If Carl Freer lies about his father’s death to scam a lawyer out of his payment, is there anyone who should believe anything he says?  Carl Freer lies.  It’s documented in media reports – it’s documented in court judgements – it’s documented in two convictions for fraud – it’s documented in SEC filings.

Believing in him is your call.  All we can do is help provide you with some facts.  Read the article below – we have provided the Swedish in case you have some better translation mechanism than Google translate, and an interpretation in bold.  (We have left the typos, strange words and gobbledygook as provided by Google – the jist of the article is still there).

Old Articles in the Swedish Media Show That Carl Freer was a Criminal From an Early Age

http://www.dn.se/arkiv/ekonomi/freer-dromde-om-ett-imperium/

http://www.dn.se/sok/?q=carl%20freer&page=1&sort=relevance&date=

Swedish Media Report on his Crimes and Conviction

En vårdag 1988 kommer en trevlig ung man in på ett bankkontor i Stockholm. Han har ansökt om ett lån och visar nu upp ett intyg på att hans föräldrar ska ha gått i borgen. Men föräldrarnas signaturer har mannen, 18-årige Carl Freer, skrivit själv.

A spring day 1988, a nice young man comes to a bank office in Stockholm. He has applied for a loan and now shows a certificate that his parents should have gone to the castle. But the parents’ signatures have the man, 18-year-old Carl Freer, written himself.

In this Carl Freer scam he forged his parents signature and fraudulently obtained a loan.

Rätta artikel Förfalskningen avslöjas några månader senare när Carl Freer inte kan betala tillbaka lånet, som är på 31 000 kronor. Då uppdagas även att Freer lyckats lura banken, dåvarande SE-banken, på ytterligare 220 000 kronor. Dels har han löst in engelska checkar som saknat täckning, dels har han köpt varor på kredit trots att han är pank.

The fake is revealed a few months later when Carl Freer can not repay the loan, which amounts to SEK 31,000. Then it is also discovered that Freer managed to trick the bank, then the SE bank, into an additional 220,000 kronor. First, he has loosened English checks that lacked coverage, and he has bought goods on credit even though he is a pank.

It is discovered that Carl Freer has scammed the bank out of SEK 220,000 using fake English checks.  So much for it being a small student loan – he is forging and stealing.

More Reports on Carl Freer Criminal Activity and Convictions

SE-bankens polisanmälan blir den första i en lång rad bedrägerianmälningar mot Carl Freer – en av männen bakom det numera kraschade brittiska spelbolaget Gizmondo Ltd. Men bankens anmälan är unik: Den är den enda som hittills lett till åtal och fällande dom. I övriga fall har utredningarna gått i stå.

The SE Bank’s police report will be the first in a series of fraud reports against Carl Freer – one of the men behind the now-crashed British gaming company Gizmondo Ltd. But the bank’s notification is unique: it is the only one that has so far led to prosecution and conviction. In other cases, investigations have been discontinued.

While Carl has often escaped justice for other criminal activity, the bank’s case against him resulted in prosecution and conviction. 

ANNONS: Men då, i slutet av 1980-talet, fälls Carl Freer för grovt bedrägeri. Stockholms tingsrätt vill egentligen döma honom till fängelse. Men på grund av hans låga ålder stannar rätten vid villkorlig dom.

I rätten hävdade Freer att han använt bankens pengar för att försöka bygga upp en klädfirma och att han ”blivit helt besatt av tanken på sin blivande roll som företagsledare”.

But then, at the end of the 1980s, Carl Freer fails for gross fraud Stockholm District Court really wants to judge him in prison. But because of his low age, the court will stay on conditional judgment. Freer claimed that he used the bank’s money to try to build a clothing company and “he was completely obsessed with the idea of his future role as business leader.”

He claimed he used the Bank’s money to set up a clothing line to fulfil his dream of becoming a business icon.  Carl’s smooth tongue and young age keep him out of prison.

Klädaffärerna blev det aldrig någonting av. Men drömmen om ett eget företagsimperium lever vidare. Under de kommande åren dyker Carl Freers namn upp i ett femtontal olika aktiebolag inom vitt skilda branscher. Ett bolag ska handla med mobiltelefoner, ett annat med entreprenadmaskiner, ett tredje med livsmedel. Men bolagen blir inte långlivade, utan hamnar i rask takt på obestånd och begärs i konkurs.

The clothing stores never became anything. But the dream of a company’s own empire lives on. In the coming years, Carl Freer’s name appears in a fifteen different companies in widely different industries. One company is dealing with mobile phones, another with construction machinery, a third with food. However, the companies do not become persistent, but at a rapid pace on insolvencies and are called for bankruptcy.

Carl tells people he is a great businessman but despite many attempts, and millions in investments, the only thing one can count on with Carl Freer is that the venture will probably end in disaster for everyone but him. (Carl is still under the delusion that he is a great businessman – see this boast he posted about himself a few days ago.)    

I ungefär samma takt kommer drabbade leverantörer och andra till polisen för att anmäla Carl Freer. Anklagelserna gäller allt från att Freer ska ha köpt varor på kredit utan att betala och hyrt saker som aldrig lämnats tillbaka till att han gjort affärer i andras namn.

Ett av många misstänkta kreditbedrägerier ska ha skett i en charkuteributik i Eskilstuna.

– Freer hade tagit över firman och stod själv och sålde kött för glatta livet medan räkningarna samlades på hög. När det till slut blev problem hänvisade han till de personer som satt i styrelsen, men de var ju bara målvakter, säger en källa.

At about the same rate, victims and others come to the police to report Carl Freer. The allegations relate to the fact that Freer has bought goods on credit without paying and hiring items that have never been returned to trading in the name of others. One of many suspected credit fraud should have taken place in a car dealership in Eskilstuna. “Freer had taken over the company and stood himself and sold meat for smooth life while the bills gathered high. When it eventually became a problem, he referred to the people who were in the board, but they were only goalkeepers, says a source.

There are victims all around Carl Freer.   Credit card fraud – operates under false names – unpaid bills and loans – takes care of himself and everyone else be damned – blames anyone but himself.  (Remember Gizmodo)

Trots ett dussintal polisanmälningar mellan 1994 och 1996 togs Carl Freer inte ens in på förhör. Den enkla förklaringen var att polisen inte lyckades hitta honom. Enligt folkbokföringen skulle Freer bo på en flott adress på Östermalm i Stockholm. Men när polisen knackade på var han borta. DN:s genomgång visar att polisen sällan lagt ner några större resurser på fallen.

– Vid ett tillfälle försökte man nog ta ett samlat grepp. Men eftersom det inte gick att få tag på karl’n ledde det ingen vart, berättar en polisman.

Despite a dozen police reports between 1994 and 1996, Carl Freer did not even interrogate. The simple explanation was that the police failed to find him. According to the public records, Freer would have a great address at Östermalm in Stockholm. But when the police knocked on, he was gone. DN’s review shows that the police rarely put down any major resources on the cases. “At one point, one would try to take an overall approach. But because it was impossible to get hold of the man, there was no one, says a policeman.

Police, with not enough resources, allow a dozen police reports to accumulate in 2 years while Carl Freer continues his scamming undaunted – for the time being.

Nästa gång Carl Freers namn dök upp i en polisutredning var 1997 i spanska Marbella, där han öppnat bilfirma. Enligt polisen fanns det oklarheter kring de bilar han sålde och han greps för ”olaga bilhandel”. Men när Freer släpptes i avvaktan på åtal passade han på att fly. Till Nice på Franska rivieran, där han startade bolaget ”Well Com Motors”.

Här upprepades historien. Två lyxiga Mercor som Freer sålt till en bilhandlare i Dalarna visade sig vara stulna i Tyskland. Dalmasen åtalades för grovt häleri, men Freer hann slå igen butiken och fly ännu en gång. Nu till England.

Next time, Carl Freer’s name appeared in a police investigation is in 1997 in Spanish Marbella, where he opened a car company. According to the police, there were uncertainties about the cars he sold and he was arrested for “illegal car dealership”. But when Freer was released pending prosecution, he fought to fly. To Nice on the French Riviera, where he started the company “Well Com Motors”. Here the story was repeated. Two luxury Mercors like Freer sold to a car dealer in Dalarna proved to be stolen in Germany. Dalmasen was charged with gross assault, but Freer hit him again and flew once more. Now to England.

1n 1997 Carl Freer is in Spain selling stolen cars – where he is arrested.  While on bail Carl fled to France where he did exactly the same thing again.  When caught again he fled again – to England this time – where he does the same thing again.

Även nu fortsatte bilaffärerna. Men för säkerhets skull uppträdde Carl Freer under det falska namner ”Eric Jonsson”. Bluffen avslöjades dock när han greps för häleri på begäran av tysk polis. Han klarade sig med en hårsmån från att utlämnas till Tyskland. Men efter det blev det inga fler bilaffärer.

Flera personer som korsat Carl Freers väg vittnar om en smart och charmig person med fantastisk övertalningsförmåga.

– Han ger intryck av att vara en snäll och vänlig själ som vill väl. Men tyvärr går det nästan alltid snett, säger en källa.

Even now, the car business continued. But for safety,Carl Freer performed under the fake names “Eric Jonsson”. The Bluffen, however, was revealed when arrested for detention at the request of a German police. He coped with a hair loss from being handed over to Germany. But after that there were no more car deals. Several people crossing Carl Freer’s road testify to a smart and charming person with amazing persuasiveness. – He gives the impression of being a kind and kind soul who wants to. But unfortunately, it is almost always obscure, says a source.

In England he continued with the same car business – but under a false name – until arrested at the behest of the German Police.  He just managed to avoid being extradited.

Swedish Girls – Are They Happy Because Carl Was Arrested Again – Or Are They Just Having Fun

En person som gått på en riktig mina är en advokat i Västsverige. Under 2001 lade han ner stort arbete på att bilda en stiftelse på uppdrag av Freer alias Eric Jonsson. Stiftelsen skulle heta ”Earth Matters Foundation” och ha som syfte att bevara hotade djur- och växtarter. Kapitalet skulle, enligt Freer, uppgå till 201 miljoner kronor och finnas i en schweizisk bank.

– Allt såg mycket trovärdigt ut och vi hade flera möten i England. Men det blev alltid strul när det kom till mitt arvode, säger advokaten.

A person who has gone true is a lawyer in western Sweden. In 2001 he put down a lot of work on establishing a foundation commissioned by Freer alias Eric Jonsson. The foundation should be called the “Earth Matters Foundation” and aim to conserve endangered animal and plant species. According to Freer, the capital would amount to SEK 201 million and be in a Swiss bank. 

“Everything looked very credible and we had several meetings in England. But it always became strange when it came to my fee,” said the lawyer.

In 2001 he engaged a lawyer to set up a well-funded Foundation whose altruistic aim was to conserve endangered animals and plants – as you know this was a scam.

Efter ett tag avbröt Carl Freer oväntat samarbetet med hänvisning till att hans pappa skulle ha insjuknat och dött. Advokaten fick inte ett öre och stiftelsen kom aldrig att registreras. Däremot användeFreer i andra affärssammanhang de handlingar som advokaten upprättat för att ge sken av att vara förmögen.

After a while, Carl Freer discontinued the cooperation with reference to his father’s death and death. The lawyer did not get a penny and the foundation never got registered. On the other hand, in other business situations, use the documents that the lawyer has established to give effect to being wealthy.

Carl uses the scam Foundation to further his own ends, while claiming his father died to terminate the relationship with the lawyer.

Enda gången som Carl Freer, såvitt känt, jobbat för någon annan var då han anställdes som restaurangchef för nattklubben The Copy vid Stureplan i början av 1990-talet. Redan efter några månader fick Freer dock sparken. Skälet: han hade gått till Östermalmshallen och köpt ostron för dyra pengar. Men när det inte fanns någon efterfrågan från gästerna satte Freer själv i sig de exklusiva skaldjuren.

– Det blev spiken i kistan för hans del. Det gick inte att ha den standarden på personalmaten, berättar en person med god insyn i The Copy.

The only time Carl Freer, as known, worked for someone else was when he was employed as restaurant manager for the nightclub The Copy at Stureplan in the early 1990s. Even after a few months, Freer got fired. The reason: he had gone to Östermalmshallen and bought oysters for expensive money. But when there was no demand from the guests, Freer himself put the exclusive shellfish. – It became the nail in the coffin for his part. Could not have the standard of staffing, says a person in good faith in The Copy.

I Love Oysters – Can’t Let Them Go To Waste

Carl is incapable of not cheating others.  But he doesn’t fool everyone.  As a nightclub manager Carl bought expensive oysters.  No guests wanted them, so he had them.  The owners saw right through that little scam and fired him.  

Lasse Wierup, Ewa Stenberg

 

9 Replies to “Carl Freer Scam – How Low Can You Go?”

  1. This guy is unreal, He seems driven to do what he does – by some sinister force. Underneath it all he is possibly quite a nice guy.

  2. This is really low. Obviously premeditated to scam that lawyer. I’m not a big fan of lawyers so it doesn’t get me on any moral issue. But I think it is kind of low to claim your father just died.

    If he had scammed the lawyer some other way I might have found it funny – but not this.

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