Man received money from Nav while in prison

NAV office, where unemployed and job seekers goes for support.NAV. Photo: Norway Today Media

A man in his 30s has been accused of having sought work clarification money from Nav while he was on the run from Hedmarken prison.

The police believe the man contacted Nav, telling them he was released from prison. The man got paid a little over 180,000 kroner in work clarification money while he was in prison wrote NRK news.

‘’He didn’t have leave when he got money. He was on the run. He did not return from leave and was on the run for a long time. It was during this period that he received the money’’ said the man’s defence lawyer, Vegard Aaløkken, to NRK.

The Oslo man was paid the money for a period of 13 months, from October 2016 to November 2017.

According to the indictment, the man forged a document that convinced Nav that he had finished serving and was thus a free man.

‘’The police received a notification from the Correctional Services, after Nav had contacted the prison with some questions about the release’’ said police lawyer, Line Borgen of the Oslo police district says to NRK.

Nav did not want to comment on the case to NRK and referred them to the police. In 2018, 268 people were reported for fraudulent use of work clarification money.

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