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The Foreigner Former MPs convicted of pensions fraud. Oslo District Court (Tingrett) has sentenced Anders Talleraas and Magnus Stangeland to jail for negligence and fraud in the pensions case. The two ex MPs received prison terms of 6.months and 60 days, respectively, which are exactly what the prosecution asked for. Each was also ordered to pay 100,000 kroner in legal fees. “The court finds it proven beyond a doubt that Mr Talleraas received an income which exceeded his pension. Thus, he had gained an unjustifiable advantage. The conclusion is the same for Mr Stangeland”, concluded Judge Jannike Johannessen, who read out the verdict.

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Former MPs convicted of pensions fraud

Published on Friday, 7th January, 2011 at 21:16 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 6th April 2011 at 12:42.

Oslo District Court (Tingrett) has sentenced Anders Talleraas and Magnus Stangeland to jail for negligence and fraud in the pensions case.



The two ex MPs received prison terms of 6.months and 60 days, respectively, which are exactly what the prosecution asked for. Each was also ordered to pay 100,000 kroner in legal fees.

“The court finds it proven beyond a doubt that Mr Talleraas received an income which exceeded his pension. Thus, he had gained an unjustifiable advantage. The conclusion is the same for Mr Stangeland”, concluded Judge Jannike Johannessen, who read out the verdict.

“The court also finds that Mr Talleraas acted with gross negligence. He should have known that the pension scheme would be a safety net, and that it should have been means-tested. The court considers Mr Stangeland knew there was an upper limit. He too has acted with gross negligence and should have studied the letter of the law,” Judge Johannessen continued.

According to Dagsavisen, Økokrim (The National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime in Norway) considers that both defendants did nothing to stop the flow of unauthorized pension money into their accounts, and failed to report the error.

Neither former Mr Talleraas nor Mr Stangeland would have received a pension at all if they had given correct information, according to the court.

Prosecutor Elisabeth Roscher tells NRK she is pleased with the court’s findings.

“We are very satisfied. The court considered all the main questions in the same way as the prosecutors, both in terms of the objective and the subjective. We were also successful in our punishment request,” she says.

The defendants were charged with receiving a total of approximately 3.2 million kroner more than they were entitled to.

After the verdict was read out, Mr Talleraas said he thought it was a harsh sentence, whilst Mr Stangeland was surprised by the judgment.

Both are considering whether to appeal.




Published on Friday, 7th January, 2011 at 21:16 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 6th April 2011 at 12:42.

This post has the following tags: anderstalleraas, conservativemp, magnusstangeland, centreparty, oslodistrictcourt, oslotingrett, pensionfraud.





  
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