Oslo: Man gets long prison sentence for extensive corona fraud

Oslo District CourtPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

A man has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for extensive attempts to take advantage of the corona support schemes that were launched in April last year.

According to the newspaper VG, the man inflated his own and his spouse’s income in a changed tax return and incorrectly reported millions in turnover in companies that were, in reality, not operating. 

According to the verdict, the man registered several companies in several different districts to make it more difficult for authorities to check the information.

In the verdict from the Oslo District Court, the fraud is described as not being of a very professional nature. Still, by establishing different companies in different tax districts, the convicted person tried to “minimize the risk of being exposed/arousing suspicion.”

According to the newspaper, the man tried to get the Cultural Council to pay out more than NOK 13 million as a result of canceled concerts. In addition, he tried to defraud the Lottery Authority for almost NOK 6 million. In total, the man sent 17 applications for compensation for fake concerts, the Oslo District Court noted in the verdict.

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