Swedish businessman charged in Ferrari crash case

Swedish businessman charged in Ferrari crash case

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Swedish businessman involved in the high-speed crash of a rare Ferrari on a coastal highway was charged Monday with embezzlement and other counts involving the alleged theft of a collection of exotic cars. Bo Stefan M. Eriksson, 44, was scheduled to be arraigned later Monday on felony charges of embezzlement, grand theft and possession of a gun by a felon. He also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving. Eriksson, a former executive with the European video game company Gizmondo, imported two Enzo Ferraris and a rare Mercedes worth an estimated $3.8 million, prosecutors said. The cars were owned by British financial institutions and leased to Eriksson, Deputy District Attorney Steven Sowders said in a statement. The lease agreement did not allow Eriksson to take the cars out of Great Britain, Sowders said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Eriksson’s attorney, Ashley D. Posner, declined to comment on the charges. Authorities contend Eriksson, arrested in early April, was behind the wheel of an Enzo Ferrari — one of only 400 made — when it wrecked Feb. 21 on Pacific Coast Highway in west Malibu. The car crashed into a pole at 162 mph, totaling the $1 million vehicle. Eriksson told police he was only a passenger in the car and that the driver was a German acquaintance he knew only as Dietrich. He said Dietrich ran into the hills, but a search by deputies turned up no one. Detectives questioned Eriksson’s story, noting that only the driver’s side air bag had blood on it and Eriksson had a cut lip. During a search of Eriksson’s house in Bel-Air, authorities said they discovered a handgun. Prosecutors said the weapons charge stemmed from a counterfeiting conviction against Eriksson in Sweden in the early ’90s. Bail was set at $5 million, prosecutors said. If convicted on all counts, Eriksson could be sentenced to as many as 14 years in state prison.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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