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Top bureaucrat sentenced to jail for forging her credentials

Liv Løberg, who held a series of top bureaucratic posts within the public sector, has been sentenced to 14 months in jail and ordered to repay NOK 1 million in wages to which she was not entitled.

Løberg, who also was a reserve Member of Parliament for the conservative Progress Party from 2001 to 2005, was found guilt of forging diplomas and misleading employers about her education and experience. She managed to secure several top administrative jobs within the health care and other public sectors before her forgeries were uncovered.

Løberg’s hoax stunned government colleagues, including Health Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, and she resigned as administrative chief of the state authorization office for health care workers in June 2010. She admitted to forging her documents but denied the fraud charges against her. Her fine was based on the difference between what she earned in her administrative jobs as opposed to what she would have earned as a nurse’s aide, which is what she was educated as.

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