Sweden To Muller: Hand Over The Money Or Go To Jail

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

As if Victor Muller doesn’t have enough problems. He has managed to upset Sweden’s state collection agency Kronofogden so much that they are threatening arrest. Muller claimed there is enough money to pay the employees, but if he does that, the state collection agency will get its hands on the money. The collection agency says that Muller has to hand over the cash or go to jail. This quote by Victor Muller sent Hans Ryberg, head of the enforcement agency in Uddevalla to the ceiling:

“There is sufficient cash to pay the salaries, but unfortunately we cannot use that cash by law at this time, because we would favor one group of creditors, and not one other, the suppliers. We would pay the employees and not the suppliers. And that is something we cannot do.”

Ryberg is livid, says Sverigesradio. He had been told there is no money, and suddenly, there is. Ryberg now says that Muller is in violation of his disclosure requirements. He also says that now it is not Muller to decide who shall have the money and who don’t: “Once Kronofogden is involved, then it’s us who must have the money.”

Today, Kronofogden will come knocking at Saab and will ask how much money is where, and why it has not been handed over to Kronofogden. “If Victor Muller does not abide by the rules, he risks arrest,” says Sverigesradio.

Sweden’s state sheriff agrees: “Sure, this applies to all debtors that are in the same situation and that do not disclose all assets in the company.”

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href="http://www.tomokoandbertel.com"> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href="http://www.offshoresuperseries.com"> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • Bryce Bryce on Sep 09, 2011

    Just slap him in a cell and sell the whole show for scrap

  • Mazder3 Mazder3 on Sep 09, 2011

    The Muppets Habanera is sublime. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXKUb5A1auM

    • Shaker Shaker on Sep 10, 2011

      The superb Muppetry here has distracted me from the Saab Story.

  • Voyager Voyager on Sep 10, 2011

    BREAKING NEWS? Was the Swedish fat lady just clearing her throat? Or is this just another trick up CEO Muller’s sleeve, and a desperate attempt to lure the Swedish High Court? In any case, the Dutch car magazine Autoweek, naming Swedish Dagens Industri as source, just (03:47 AM EST) reported that Chinese Geely, owner of that other Swedish brand Volvo, has serious interest in Saab. Which reportedly makes approval by the Chinese authorities much more likely.

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    • Voyager Voyager on Sep 11, 2011

      @Its_Magic You are right. I could not get proper confirmation at the time that Dutch Autoweek published the article. No biggie.

  • Saabista63 Saabista63 on Sep 11, 2011

    That would in fact be good news - Volvo owning SAAB's parts business! So, does that mean I can go out on Monday and get a brand-new SAAB while there are still a few of them on the market? Well, we SAAB-afficionados have learnt to be patient, I can tell you. So, as long as bankruptcy has not been officially declared, we won't give up. And even if SAAB as a company will be closed, that doesn't mean all SAABs will fall apart on the spot, does it? It'll take some time - I can still see SAABs from the 80ies drive around alive and kicking. In the meantime, while the referee is still counting the numbers, we keep our fingers crossed.