Couple in court for social security fraud

LimeLime.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

A Norwegian-Pakistani couple in their mid-30s will be charged on Wednesday in Oslo District Court of insurance fraud for more than 700,000.

The alleged fraud occurred between 2010 and 2013, in connection with applications for sickness benefits, parental benefits and unemployment benefits.

A woman of 34 years and a man of 35 years were paid a total of 700,000 in claims, but the indictment says they gave false information about their working conditions.

According to the indictment, the couple worked in a food-outlet at Frogner in Oslo, where they earned 25,000 a month.

Incorrect income information formed the basis for over 510,000 in sickness benefits, parental benefits and unemployment benefits to the woman, and nearly 200,000 in parental benefits to the man.

Both are also accused of having provided false information to public authorities. In the indictment, a claim has been submitted for repayment of a total of 511,000. The court has set aside two days for the court-case.

It is part of the investigation called ‘Lime-case’ (Lime-saken), in which 13 people are accused of organized crimes, including human trafficking.

The trial began in Oslo District Court on January 20, and is still ongoing. The main accused is Sajjad Hussain (39), together with several family members and business partners who are also being prosecuted.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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