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Norwegian fraud inquiry could topple bishop: CEN 9.28.08 September 28, 2008

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Norway, Crime, Gambling.
A multi-million pound fraud scheme may topple a Norwegian bishop from office and land his son in jail, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) reports. A warrant was issued last week for the arrest of Bjarte Baasland, son of the Rt. Rev. Ernst Baasland (pictured), the Church of Norway’s Bishop of Stavangar.

Bjarte Baasland is accused of bilking investors of £5.75 million, claiming the money was for an internet start-up company. However, the funds were allegedly diverted to pay gambling debts from losses he incurred playing on internet gaming sites.

The bishop filed for bankruptcy on Sept 11 declaring debts of £1.6 million in guarantees to investors in his son’s company. “The bishop has been granted two-and-a-half weeks leave of absence from his job,” Minister of Church Affairs, Trond Giske, said after the bishop filed the bankruptcy petition.

Read it all in The Church of England Newspaper.

Norwegian fraud inquiry could topple bishop
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