50-year-old accused of scamming over 100 Norwegians

PolicePolice.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

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A 50-year-old Norwegian who was arrested in Malaysia last year and extradited to Norway is accused of scamming over 100 Norwegians for at least NOK 13 million.

The man has previously had a number of bankruptcies and prison sentences for financial crime on his record. The man had been wanted internationally since 2013 when he was arrested last year.

Already in December 2017, the man was charged with serious fraud, attempted fraud and handling stolen goods of at least NOK 10 million. In January last year, the indictment was extended to a further 40 fraud and identity theft charges.

The 50-year-old has not addressed the issue of criminal charges, while his defense lawyer Per Zimmer, tells TV 2 that the basis is that his client has been consulting and selling services over the internet.

“We have received a comprehensive indictment, and we must go through it thoroughly,” says Zimmer.

According to the indictment, the man has been dealing with fraud in the order of around NOK 30,000 per plaintiff. In addition to serious fraud, he has also been charged with identity theft and money laundering, TV 2 reports.

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