Police arrest fraudsters who targeted volunteering-based teams and associations

Bank cardPhoto: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB

Three people have been arrested for fraud aimed at teams and associations across Norway. The police have seized money and are investigating several cases of fraud.

The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation of two so-called “CEO frauds.” The accused have tricked teams and associations around Norway into paying out large sums for alleged purchases of equipment.

The three accused, who live in Lofoten and Oslo, were arrested on August 3 and have been questioned by the police.

The Nordland Police District has cooperated with the Southwestern Police District and Oslo police in the investigation. They have carried out a seizure of money. A search has also been carried out.

Multiple frauds

“Through the investigation, the police have uncovered several other fraud cases in Norway that can be linked to the same perpetrator,” investigation leader Ingar Brud in the Nordland Police District noted in a press release.

According to the police, the fraud targeted associations that base their operations on voluntary efforts. The finance manager in such associations would receive inquiries from an alleged manager/CEO about paying the bill for allegedly purchased equipment.

One of the victims is Ganddal School Corps in Sandnes, but the police managed to freeze sums of money corresponding to the amounts the association has been defrauded of in collaboration with the banks.

Teams and associations are encouraged to be vigilant and check the email addresses of senders who inquire about payments.

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