Man from Romerike accused of 800,000 kroner-corona compensation scam

Nedre Romerike District CourtPhoto: Cornelius Poppe / NTB
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A man in his 30s from Romerike has been charged with gross fraud after he was paid almost 800,000 kroner in corona compensation.

According to the newspaper Romerikes Blad, the man allegedly used the identity of 17 other people to get the money. Several of the people did not know that they were being exploited.

“He has been paid wage compensation for the laid-off, reimbursement of sickness benefits, and compensation for loss of income as a self-employed person. What is special about this case is that there has never been any business activity in the two companies for which he received compensation,” police lawyer in Økokrim Johan Strand Moldestad said.

The NAV paid a total of NOK 785,744 to the man and several of the persons who were listed as employees in sole proprietorships he had established. 

Økokrim states that they have seized a small amount of money. However, they believe that most of the money has already been used.

The man’s lawyer Thomas Klevenberg says his client admits partial criminal guilt in line with the indictment.

The man must appear in Romerike and Glåmdal District Court in September, under accusation of gross fraud.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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