By: Steve Dellar | 10-12-2018 | News
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Denmark - Manhunt For Federal Employee Who Slushed $17 Million Welfare Benefits

In February 2017, Queen Margrethe of Denmark offered a medal for 40 years of service to federal employee Ms Anna Britta Troelsgaard Nielsen. The 64-year-old had all the time worked at the Socialstyrelsen, a government agency under the Ministry of Social Affairs that gave welfare payments to the poor in Copenhagen.

Not enough apparently as it would now seem she made some 274 payments between 2002 and 2018 to herself for a total amount of some 111 million Danish Kroner ($17 million).

Ms Nielsen was suspended in late September of last year already after suspicions arose about the diverted payments when auditors went through the books, but when Danish police came to round interview her last week, she had disappeared and is still at large.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="nl" dir="ltr">Klopjacht geopend op Deense vrouw die 15 miljoen euro verduisterde: De Deense politie heeft een internationale klopjacht geopend op Anna Britta Troelsgaard Nielsen, de moeder van internationaal springamazone Samina Hayat. De 64-jarige vrouw, die veertig… <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Paarden (@paarden) <a href="">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Nielsen’s attorney, Mr Nima Nabipour, is in contact with her but refuses to disclose her current whereabouts, or when he last spoke to her: “I can’t get into the matter of how she responds to these accusations.”

Morten Niels Jakobsen, the public prosecutor for financial crimes, who also admitted that Interpol is involved at this stage, claimed that the hunt could be difficult: "The suspect is currently abroad. We are in close contact with our international partners, so hopefully she will quickly be arrested and extradited."

According to Mr Jakobsen, the researchers already have "a fairly complete picture" of the way the woman worked. "The woman used a very disciplined and systematic approach."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="da" dir="ltr">Advokat i retten: Svindelsigtet kvinde vil betale eventuel opkrævning Anna Britta Troelsgaard Nielsen, der er sigtet for svindel for 111 millioner kroner, tager det, »som det kommer«, siger advokat. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; DanmarksNyheder (@DanmarksNyheder) <a href="">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The police do not rule out that other people may be involved in the fraud and thus the swindled amount can still increase.

The authorities have seized Ms Nielsen's possessions in Denmark and Sweden and a small sum of money on her Danish bank account. According to Danish media, her family owns several properties in South Africa.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="da" dir="ltr">Anna Britta Troelsgaard Nielsen er eftersøgt af politiet, mistænkt for at stå bag svindel for 111 mio kr fra Socialstyrelsen. Min gæst i <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Lippert</a> er Bent Isager, tidl efterforskningschef, bla i Bagmandspolitiet - han tegner profil af en svindler. TV2 News i aften kl 1820 👍🏽📺 <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Søren Lippert (@Sorenlippert) <a href="">October 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In Denmark, Ms Nielsen lived in an inconspicuous small house in a suburb of Copenhagen. Together with her daughter she gained fame in the horse world in recent years. Ms Nielsen recently bought a horse farm and trains showjumping steeds. Her daughter participates in competitions as a jockey.


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Anonymous No. 39188 2018-10-12 : 17:20

never going to see her again

A Dane No. 39169 2018-11-08 : 21:12

Actually Socialstyrelsen, covers the entire state, being the main administrative office of the Ministry. Her alleged embezzlements were from the payment of government grants to local programs and specialist organisations. It is alleged she sent recipient organizations fake explanations why they would receive less money while telling the computer that her own bank account numbers were those of the rightful recipients. She's been arrested in/near Johanesburg and is expected to be extradited today or tomorrow. Oh and the investigation started September this year, not last year.

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