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Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (photo: Avinor)

Oslo Airport’s million-kroner woman jailed

A woman in her sixties from China was stopped by customs’ currency dogs with NOK 920,000 in her suitcase.

Norwegian Customs Service’s currency dogs recently sniffed out cash totalling almost a million kroner in a passenger’s suitcase. Now the passenger has been sentenced to nine months in prison, Norway Today reports.

The woman from China was caught at Oslo’s main airport Gardermoen on May 11 with NOK 920,000 (€96,600) hidden in her luggage.

The woman, who is in her sixties, brought to Norway with her NOK 814,250, SEK 23,160, €12,130, 2,200 Czech kroons, 390 Hong Kong dollars and 100 Chinese yuan, the local newspaper Romerikes Blad reported.

Her explanation in court was a lengthy one. She claimed that the money was the result of a house sale in China and that she had arrived in Norway to exchange the kroner into euros.

She said she had arrived from a casino in Rotterdam where she had exchanged the money. The cash has been given to her wrapped in newspaper, she explained, and when she went to the toilet to count it she saw she had not received euros but notes in a strange and unknown currency.

She later learned that the money was Norwegian, so she decided to fly to Norway to try to exchange it into euros.

“Untrustworthy” explanation
The Upper Romerike District Court in Oslo did not believe her. The court majority concluded that the explanation was “construed and untrustworthy” and so it sentenced her to prison for illegal handling of dividends, Romerikes Blad said.

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