Social security fraud: In recent years, seven out of ten reported NAV users got unconditional prison sentences

NAV - unemployment - unemployedPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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Figures from the NAV show that almost 69% of reported cases between 2017 and 2021 ended with the reported person getting an unconditional prison sentence.

The newspaper Dagens Næringsliv got the figures from the NAV, based on 2,739 reported cases since 2017.

In the roughly 2,700 cases, almost 69% ended in unconditional imprisonment.

The vast majority of cases, 74%, were related to under-reporting of hours – the reported person worked more than they have stated on the report cards.

In the reported cases where the amount was less than NOK 100,000, more than one in four reports led to unconditional imprisonment.

In cases where the amount was between NOK 100,000 and NOK 200,000, the proportion of those who got unconditional prison sentences amounted to 78%.

According to Ole Johan Heir, director of control at the NAV, the sentencing in cases with low amounts and unconditional imprisonment is – in most cases – based on several factors, not just social security fraud. It can, for example, be a combination of fraud against the Tax Administration and the NAV. 

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

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