Morten Krogvold, one of Norway’s most prominent photographers, was sentenced late last week to a 60-day suspended jail term, fined and ordered to engage professional financial assistance after he failed to file accounts for his business for four years. Krogvold also failed to file his tax returns.
“It’s all my fault, I was responsible,” Krogvold claimed after making a full confession to the charges against him, which mainly involved violating business accounting law in Norway.
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported how Krogvold, age 65, was first reported to the police by Skatt øst, the tax authority for Eastern Norway. Krogvold never denied the charges, though, and has repaid all outstanding taxes owed, so he received consideration for his full confession when his sentence was handed down. It included a fine of NOK 30,000 (around USD 3,500) and the order to engage an accountant for at least the next five years.
Krogvold admitted he did a poor job of keeping track of his finances, and lacked oversight over his accounts. Krogvold, known for his portraits of artists, royalty, politicians and celebrities, has also published several books, hosted numerous exhibits, and offered photography courses for years. He was knighted in 2005.
“I’m incredibly sorry about what happened,” Krogvold told reporters after his sentence was handed down. “Now I have a full professional team around me, and my own accountant.”