A Nav claimant sent in message cards from Spain. Now the man in the 40’s has to pay back 365,000 kroner.
It was during spring 2013 that a man from Follo was granted work assessment allowance from Nav, writes Østlandets Blad.
The man’s case officer granted a visit to Spain for four weeks, without the man losing his right to his work seeking allowance. However, it was revealed that the man had stayed in Spain for a whole year. Nav requires that users who receive job seekers allowance or unemployment benefits should reside in Norway.
Now the man was convicted in Follo District Court for serious fraud, and in addition to paying back the money, he has to serve a 90-day prison sentence. Due to the long wait before the case came up in the District court, the man received a heavy penalty. The verdict is not conditional.
Nav has reported fraud from claimants abroad for over 160 million kroner since 2011. Sweden, Thailand and Spain are among the countries most often involved in such fraud cases.
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