Police: Multiple Norwegian companies reported for corona support-related fraud

Petter NordengPhoto: Thomas Winje Øijord / NTB

Last year, several companies tried to cheat their way into getting corona support by lying about layoffs. The police have registered 86 fraud cases related to the pandemic.

“The majority of the cases concerned companies that registered laid-off employees that they did not even have,” Petter Nordeng at the National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Norway (Økokrim) told P4.

In this way, companies have received up to NOK 40,000 a month per registered laid-off employee, even though they didn’t have employees to start with.

The large support schemes for the companies were probably a great temptation for many criminals, and the police believe that this type of fraud will continue for a long time.

“The question is how long these support schemes will last. They may continue for a long time after the community has been vaccinated because they will compensate (companies) for costs they incurred back in time,” Nordeng said.

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