Contractor indicted on fraud charges

Building contractor Harald Langemyhr, the firm he runs in Tønsberg and one of his employees have all been indicted on charges they over-billed the City of Oslo by NOK 18 million. Langemyhr also has been charged with exploiting construction workers from Poland.

Langemyhr had a contract to rehabilitate a nursing home at Økern in Oslo. The building site was shut down and Langemyhr arrested in the spring of 2008, suspected of having billed the city as much as NOK 30 million for work estimated to cost NOK 11.5 million.

Media reports in Oslo also had revealed substandard working and living conditions for Langemyhr’s Polish employees. Two accountants for the police have since spent two years going through Langemyhr’s records.

The evidence police presented resulted in Tuesday’s indictment, which in addition to the fraud charges includes 468 violations of labour regulations, reports news bureau NTB. 

Langemyhr denies any guilt and said he was looking forward to clear his name and his company when the case comes up in court.

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