Unlawfully imprisoned NAV user receives 70,000 kroner in compensation – now she is suing Norway 

NAVPhoto: Ørn E. Borgen / NTB

A NAV user who was prosecuted by the NAV for six years and wrongfully imprisoned for 61 days has received NOK 70,000 in compensation. She is now suing the state.

The woman is one of the victims of the NAV scandal that was uncovered in 2019 when it became known that the NAV’s practice in cases concerning a number of social security benefits was in conflict with EEA law.

The Norwegian Civil Affairs Authority (Statens sivilrettsforvaltning – SFR) has given the woman – as one of the first to receive redress after the scandal – a compensation of NOK 70,000.

“I find the sum ridiculous. A slap in the face,” the woman told the newspaper Aftenposten.

“An endless feeling of abuse from the authorities”

She described the process – which started in 2015 when the NAV reported her for gross fraud and lasted until she was acquitted in November 2021 – as “an endless feeling of abuse from the authorities.”

“We have reached decisions in three cases where the person in question has served a prison sentence. The awarded reparation amounts in these cases are between 50,000 and 70,000 kroner,” department director Kristina Kjeverud in the SRF stated.

She believes the amount must be regarded as a “significant amount of redress.”

The woman is now suing the state and demanding greater redress.

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