Swindlers targeted young Norwegian millionaires

Three conmen from Oslo had a list over possible rich victims, and they are now charged with swindling several young millionaires and students in 2001.

According the indictment charges, the men managed to swindle their victims by producing fake passports or driver’s licenses which were used to get credit cards in their victim’s names and afterwards going on shopping sprees.

The defendants are 27, 30 and 32 years of age.

Had a millionaire list

According to the police, the victims were picked from a list over young and rich men published by the Norwegian financial magazine Økonomisk Rapport.

“The defendants checked who had money and how old they were,” said Kirsti Rusdal, police lawyer at Oslo police district to TV 2 Nettavisen. “This was because by using fake documents, they pretended to be the people in question, and they wanted to be sure they were the right age and that they swindled people who had money in their accounts.”

Rusdal is the prosecutor in the case that starts in Oslo county court on Monday.

The 27-year-old man allegedly also swindled several students for large amounts in addition to the millionaires. The man is in addition charged for counterfeited and used fake 1000 Krone bills.

“The police have found a copy of a 1000 Krone bill on a CD and a hard drive,” Rusdal stated.

Denies use of fake bill

“My client has admitted to most of the cases of criminal fraud, but he has denied using the fake bill,” said Henning Wikborg, the 27-year-old’s lawyer, to TV 2 Nettavisen. “My client denies that he was the person who used the fake bill, but he has stated that he has been in the environment where it was produced.”

The police have found the 27-year-old’s finger print on a bill that was used in a kiosk in Bærum in August, 2001.

Two of the accused meeting in court is also charged with possession and use of smaller amounts of narcotics.

According to Rustad, the case was first exposed when the main suspect was stopped in traffic control and he had fake passports in his car.

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