A former Arbeiderpartiet (Labor) politician, who served on the city council in Oslo, and had been deputy to Parliament, has been charged with fraud to the tune of close to 400,000.
The former politician has been charged with providing incorrect information to Nav for two periods in 2013 and 2014, according to Aftenposten. This led to him being paid unemployment benefits totaling 390,456, according to the indictment.
The indictment describes this as a rough figure, and the amount is significantly higher than the average in such cases.
On the employment status form the defendant gave to Nav, he wrote an address in Norway, but in reality he lived abroad for two periods which totaled 15 months.
The penalty for gross fraud is six years in prison, but normally the penalties in such cases fall far below this.
The case is scheduled for Oslo District Court in February.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today