Malibu ‘Ferrari Guy’ Sentenced to 18-Month Prison Term in Sweden
• Man Who Totaled Rare Enzo on PCH in 2006 Runs Afoul of the Law Again
BY ANNE SOBLE
BY ANNE SOBLE
Bo Stefan Eriksson, a former member of the Uppsala Mafia in the 1990s who served jail time in Sweden a decade ago before being hit with an American prison sentence in 2007 for embezzlement and other charges, is in legal hot water again, after being sentenced last week by the Uppsala District Court to 18 months in prison for forms of extortion, attempted blackmail and robbery.
He and a half-dozen other men who had been under surveillance for some time were arrested in Stockholm last March and, in keeping with the Swedish judicial system, allegations were kept under wraps until the prosecution was ready to proceed with charges.
Eriksson, 47, also faced more serious allegations, but the court dismissed the majority of the counts brought against the former executive of a London-based handheld electronic gaming company that dissolved in bankruptcy under questionable circumstances.
Eriksson’s reported Swedish mob moniker was “Tjock Steffe,” which literally translates into “Stocky Stevie,” or “Big Stevie” in Mafioso parlance. The high living, racing car enthusiast made news headlines around the world when he totaled a $1.5-million-plus Enzo Ferrari (one of only 400 made) on Pacific Coast Highway just past Trancas Canyon Road one morning in February 2006.
Eriksson somehow managed to convince sheriff’s deputies to allow him to leave the scene of the crash, but subsequent tests proved he was under the influence and at the wheel, after which he faced charges of drunken driving, felony weapons possession, auto theft and embezzlement of the Enzo and other vehicles.
After fulfilling his obligations in a California state prison, Eriksson, who had entered the United States without stating that he was a convicted felon in Sweden, was deported to his native country.
Although Swedish officials at the time of his return stressed that Eriksson, who was reportedly a model prisoner, was accorded all rights of citizenship, sources in Uppsala indicated that he began attracting the suspicions of law enforcement soon after his return.