Swedish authorities have reclaimed the first ever debt through Bitcoin


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The Swedish Enforcement Authority (Sweden’s answer to the
American IRS) has for the very first time settled a debt in
bitcoins.

“You find assets not only in the driveway or the living room, but
also on the internet. We are used to dealing with the banking
system. This is another sort of asset, and a particular way to
ensure [the sort of access] we haven’t had before,” says Johannes
Paulson, in charge of operations development at the Swedish
Enforcement Authority, to SvD
Näringsliv
.

The agency has now claimed 0.6 bitcoins, valued at 23,000 Swedish
krona ($2,850), from a Swedish company.

This has also opened up an opportunity for the public to make
bargains in bitcoin, as the digital currency will be sold to the
highest bidder in an online auction that takes place on October
12.

“There is a lot of bitcoins circulating in organized crime. We
have encountered it in many instances, but we haven’t been able
to make a claim on [their] wallets before,” says Johannes Paulson
to SvD Näringsliv.

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