Hege Haukeland Liadal, Fraud | The police: This is how the Labor politician Hege Haukeland Liadal cheated with the travel bills

Must have carried a driving allowance even though she did not use a car, received money for travel she never made and demanded money for accommodation even though she slept at home.


OSLO (Nettavisen): On Friday before Easter week, the Oslo Public Prosecutor’s Office (OST) announced that charges had been brought for intentional gross fraud against parliamentary representative for the Labor Party (Labor Party) Hege Haukeland Liadal.

Intentional gross fraud carries an upper limit of six years’ imprisonment.

The police believe that Haukeland Liadal, who represents Rogaland Labor in the Storting, has committed a number of frauds by delivering travel bills to the Storting where she was not entitled to a refund. According to the police, this must have happened from September 2016 to October 2018. Haukeland Liadal has been wrongly paid just over 118,000 kroner.

Overnight at home. Got board money

The online newspaper has gained access to the indictment, which is eleven pages long and contains 52 items with 61 travel expenses. The main features of the indictment are that Haukeland Liadal has received:

  • driving allowance from the Storting without her driving a car.
  • refunded money from the Storting for business trips that never took place.
  • reimbursement from the Storting for alleged business trips that were private trips.
  • diet and accommodation supplement from the Storting without her having spent the night.
  • reimbursed too much mileage allowance from the Storting by stating more kilometers on the business trip than it actually was.

Below we list some of the charges in the indictment, but here you can read the entire indictment.

Aftenposten (requires subscription) has previously mentioned the main features of the accusations.

The indictment with the largest amount is the latest and reads:

“In the period May 2017 to October 2018, she submitted 10 electronic travel invoices to the Storting with incorrect claims for shuttle compensation. In the travel invoices, she stated that the number of kilometers on section XX (home address, editor’s note) in Haugesund to Oslo round trip was 17,030. This despite the fact that the correct number of kilometers on the section is 13,224. and in this way she seduced the Storting into unjustly paying a total of NOK 13,933.10 too much in reimbursement for ride allowance. “

In one case in August 2018, the police believe that she kept a travel invoice for a return trip Haugesund – Oslo, even though she was already in the capital.

«On 12.08.18 at At 09.15, she submitted an electronic travel invoice, no. 654, to the Storting. The journey had a start time of 12.08.18 at 12.00 and end time 13.08.18. at 09.00. The journey was carried out as a commuter journey without a dormitory / private and a food allowance, shuttle allowance and coverage of tolls of a total of NOK 1,803.20 was required for the use of a car on section XX (home address in Haugesund, editor’s note) – Oslo. As additional information, it was stated “drive to Oslo to reach the train to Arendal on Monday for Arendal week.” She did this despite the fact that the trip did not take place, as she was already in Oslo with her family. The Storting later made a payment in accordance with the travel invoice and in this way she seduced the Storting into illegally paying out NOK 1,803.20 in travel reimbursement. “

COMMENT: Travel bill cheating in the Storting is approaching a lengthy police scandal

Sorry on Facebook

The online newspaper has been in contact with Haukeland Liadal, but she does not want to comment on the case and refers to her lawyer. On Facebook, she wrote the following when the indictment was published:

“I have made a mistake with my travel expenses and I would once again strongly regret that. But it was not on purpose and not to enrich myself. I hope to be believed in this, but time will tell. “

After she was reported and charged in the case, in April 2019, she resigned from all political positions, including as a member of the powerful national board of the Labor Party. In any case, she will have to serve as a popularly elected parliamentary representative until after the autumn elections.

– My client has sat in very many and long interrogations and has admitted to having made mistakes with the travel bills. But it has not been done on purpose, she has not done this with knowledge and will. She has admitted that she has been negligent and to some extent grossly negligent, but this has not been done with the intention of obtaining profit at the state’s expense, says defender Erik Lea to Nettavisen.

According to Lea, the police have gone through a total of almost 1000 travel bills.

– Thus, errors have been found in 61 of these. The big disagreement is whether the actions are deliberate or not.

Charge: Was on vacation. Received payment from the Storting

In ten cases, according to the indictment, Haukeland Liadal demanded reimbursement for expenses without having attachments / receipts for the claim. These ten cases, committed in the period November 2016 to July 2018, amount to a reimbursement of NOK 22,928.

In one of these cases, the police believe that she demanded reimbursement from the Storting even though she was on holiday:

«On 24.06.18 at At 11.45 she submitted an electronic travel invoice, no. 645, to the Storting. The trip had a start time of 21.06.18 at 11.00 and end time 24.06.18 at 23.00. The travel invoice applied to commuter travel in Oslo and had no attachments / receipts. Subsistence allowance, shuttle allowance and coverage of tolls for travel by car back and forth XX (home address in Haugesund, editor’s note) – YY (address to the Storting residence, editor’s note), Oslo with a total of NOK 4,225.95 were demanded. This despite the fact that she was on holiday with her family in Denmark for the stated period of time. The Storting later made a payment in accordance with the travel invoice and in this way she seduced the Storting into illegally paying out NOK 4,225.95 in travel reimbursement. “

In another case, the police believe that the Labor politician demanded a refund for a trip home to Haugesund, which she never did. On the travel bill, she stated that she would work for the Labor Party in Oslo.

«On 01.07.18 at On 17 September, she submitted an electronic travel invoice, no. 646, to the Storting. The journey had a start time of 26.06.18 at 08.00 and end time 30.06.18 at 01.00. The travel invoice applied to commuter travel in Oslo and had no attachments / receipts. The journey was led to a draft-free dormitory / priv. and subsistence allowance, transport allowance and coverage of tolls were required for travel by car round trip XX (home address in Haugesund, editor’s note) – YY (the address of the Storting residence in Oslo, editor’s note) with a total of NOK 3,714.40. As additional information, it was stated in the travel invoice that the trip concerned the media guard AP, Oslo. This despite the fact that during the stated period she was in Oslo after a holiday trip to Denmark as mentioned in the previous point and did not make any journey to / from Haugesund – Oslo. The Storting later made a payment in accordance with the travel invoice and in this way she seduced the Storting into illegally paying out NOK 3,714.40 in travel reimbursement. “

Labor: Very regrettable

In one case in August 2018, the police believe that she kept a travel invoice on a return trip Haugesund – Oslo, even though she was already in the capital.

«On 12.08.18 at At 09.15, she submitted an electronic travel invoice, no. 654, to the Storting. The journey had a start time of 12.08.18 at 12.00 and end time 13.08.18. at 09.00. The journey was carried out as a commuter journey without a dormitory / private and a food allowance, shuttle allowance and coverage of tolls of a total of NOK 1,803.20 was required for the use of a car on section XX (home address in Haugesund, editor’s note) – Oslo. As additional information was stated “drive to Oslo to reach the train to Arendal on Monday for Arendal week.” She did this despite the fact that the trip did not take place, as she was already in Oslo with her family. The Storting later made a payment in accordance with the travel invoice and in this way she seduced the Storting into illegally paying out NOK 1,803.20 in travel reimbursement. “

From the archive: Sources for Aftenposten: Haukeland Liadal had to quit his managerial job due to financial infidelity

In one case, the police believe that she spent the night at home in connection with an alleged business trip to a board meeting and nomination meeting in Rogaland Labor, but unjustifiably still demanded a subsistence allowance:

«On 28.11.16 at At 18.19, she submitted an electronic travel invoice, no. 402, to the Storting. The journey had a start time of 25.11.16 at 14.00 and end time 26.11.16 at 19.00. The travel invoice concerned “board meeting and nomination meeting in Rogaland AP” and had no attachments / receipts. The bill required a subsistence allowance of NOK 710 for accommodation. This despite the fact that she spent the night at home and was therefore not entitled to such compensation. The Storting later made a payment in accordance with the travel invoice and in this way she seduced the Storting into illegally paying out NOK 710 in travel reimbursement. “

Torstein Tvedt Solberg, leader of Rogaland Ap, is awaiting a verdict in the case.

– It is highly regrettable that Hege has wrongfully received money from the Storting. She herself has said that she will make up for it, and that everything will be paid back, says Solberg.

Defender: – The case is being raised

It was Aftenposten that in 2019 revealed that Haukeland Liadal had for several years submitted false travel bills to the Storting, that she had been covered for private travel and stated longer distances in driving allowance claims than was correct.

Her lawyer gives a stab at the media for covering the case.

– Had this been a common fraud case with Ola Nordmann, the case would not have been mentioned in the media. But because it is a parliamentary representative, the case is being raised and the coverage of the case has gone beyond all proportions, says Lea.

Liadal was reported in April 2019, and the police reviewed, according to the public prosecutor, 700 travel expenses before they took out charges, which has now ended in an indictment.

– I do not understand why the police have spent so long. This should have been fully investigated and decided a long time ago. If she is convicted of the entire indictment, I think it is a sentence of 30 days unconditional imprisonment that can be served with an anklet.

Now he hopes that the trial will come up before the end of the year.

Former Storting politician for the Progress Party (Frp), Mazyar Keshvari, was in October last year, sentenced by the Supreme Court, to eleven months in prison for fraud against the Storting.

Keshvari made an unreserved confession when he was accused of having submitted 72 fictitious travel invoices for a total of NOK 450,000 to the Storting over a period of around three years.

The trial against Haukeland Liadal has not yet been scheduled in Oslo District Court, but it is expected that it will start this autumn with a duration of around five weeks.

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