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Former politician falsified papers ‘for fun’

Liv Løberg held top administrative jobs in various public sector entities, most recently as head of the state personnel unit that authorizes health care workers, until she was charged with having falsified her own academic and professional credentials. Her trial started this week, and she claimed the falsification started “just for fun.”

Forged certificates from schools in England, for example, “were handed out to some of us at a party,” Løberg testified. “Just for fun?” asked the prosecutor. “Yes, it wasn’t my intention to use the papers at that time,” Løberg said.

She ended up using them, and more, over the years. Even though her formal education only amounted to a year of studies to be a health care aide and a course in health care management, she presented forged diplomas from the London School of Economics, Queen Mary College and the Norwegian business school Norges Handeslhøyskole (NHH) to prospective employers. And she landed jobs as head of a city welfare office in Oslo, personnel chief at the state Meteorological Institute, finance director at Ullevål Hospital in Oslo, manager at the state veterinary college and, finally, head of the authorization office for health care workers. In that job, ironically enough, she was in charge of verifying the credentials of other health care professionals.

Now Løberg, who also was active as a politician for the Progress Party, faces stiff fines and a prison term after being charged with serious fraud and document forgery.

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