Økokrim struck against Lycamobile

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Norwegian authorities have been investigating a network with connects to the telecommunications company Lycamobile on the suspicions that the sale of calling cards was money laundering.


A 35-year-old is in custody for two weeks with a letter and visit ban and charged with severe money laundering on the basis of the campaign, confirms police prosecutor Åsne Hana Torgersen in ØKOKRIM to Dagens Næringsliv.

She also confirms that arrest occurred after Økokrim earlier this week had raided several addresses in a coordinated action.

– “I can confirm that more people are charged with the case. We have been out and secured some traces. The investigation is in an early phase and I can not comment on anything beyond this,” she says.

The 35-year-old was taken into custody by Oslo District Court on Thursday. By imprisonment ruling makes it clear that the court on the basis Økokrim’s information believes it is probable that the 35-year-old has “contributed to transferring proceeds abroad criminally through Lycamobile system.”

The 35-year-old defendant’s lawyer, Rasmus Woxholt, did not want to comment on the case.

Lycamobile manufactures prepaid sim cards sold online and at various local retailers around the world. According to DN, the network around Lycamobile has also been investigated in several other countries.


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