A city court judge in Oslo has issued a ruling in a case involving the alleged embezzlement of a wealthy shipowner’s widow by her longtime butler where neither side seems to have won or lost. The butler was convicted of embezzlement, but for less than the amount claimed, and he gets to keep an apartment financed by the widow and her late husband.
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that butler Thomas Wassdal, age 32, was ordered to repay NOK 1.2 million to Brynjulf Skaugen AS, not the NK 5.4 million demanded by the family of the late shipowner Brynjulf Skaugen and his widow Anette. The family had claimed that Wassdal had withdrawn large amounts from Anette Skaugen’s bank accounts for his personal use and must reimburse the family for the apartment she had financed.
The judge ruled that Wassdal had “abused the confidence” he’d built up with Anette Skaugen by tapping into her bank accounts. He was ordered to return around NOK 500,000 plus pay NOK 720,000 for the remainder of the loan he’d received from Skaugen for the apartment, but can keep it.
Both sides were also ordered to pay their own court costs. Neither would say whether they’d appeal, but Wassdal said he “somewhat satsified” with the verdict.