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Title Tvind - Danish court convicts 1, acquits 7, in fraud case involving humanitarian groups
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Tvind - Danish court convicts 1, acquits 7, in fraud case involving humanitarian groups August 31st, 2006 - Sten Byrner was given a one-year suspended sentence in a case allegedly involving the embezzlement of 56 million kroner (7.5 million; US$9.6 million) and tax fraud amounting to 52 million kroner (7 million; US$9 million) over 14 years. Mogens Amdi Petersen, the founder of Tvind, was one of the 7 to get off scott free. He disappeared from Denmark amid fraud allegations in 1979 and was arrested in February 2002 at Los Angeles Airport on his way from Mexico to Africa. Police began investigating Tvind in 2000, after former foundation members claimed it was the center of a complex tax fraud scheme. Petersen was charged in absentia with fraud and embezzlement the same year. The 4000 page verdict has not been made public. Int. Herald Tribune