Contact person:
Alberto Chrysoulakis
Responsible at MaU:
Alberto Chrysoulakis
Time frame:
01 January 2024 - 31 December 2026
Research subject:

About the project

Welfare crime and fraud directed against public institutions drain these of several billion every year. It affects a large part of the population and risks undermining citizens' general trust in authorities. Project Omega aims to better understand the connections between the criminal economy and criminal networks, as well as their negative consequences for society. The project maps the connection between criminal networks and welfare crimes in Sweden, and analyzes the link between violent and drug-related crime and crime related to welfare fraud and deception. Based on this, the project will shed light on the structure and character of criminal networks with a particular focus on criminal economy, as well as investigate how welfare crimes and other frauds can be used to finance different forms of criminal activity. The project is primarily based on data from court cases that have used encrypted apps as evidence, providing a unique insight into the flow of information within criminal networks.