Danish Woman Stole 15 Million Euros Meant For Social Work, Arrested

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The woman worked for Denmark's social security agency. (Representational)


A woman who worked for Denmark's social security agency has been arrested in South Africa accused of defrauding the service of 15 million euros ($17 million), prosecutors said Monday.

The woman, who was employed by the agency for 40 years, is suspected of stealing funds between 2002 and 2018 that were destined for projects to help disadvantaged people.

"The suspect has been arrested," prosecutor Thomas Anderskov Riis of Denmark's Serious Economic and International Crime unit said in a statement.

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The woman, identified in Danish media as 64-year-old Britta Nielsen, was arrested by Johannesburg police.

"We are now asking South African authorities to decide about an extradition to Denmark," Anderskov Riis said.

Danish authorities said they had seized some of the suspect's assets believed to stem from the scam.

A man was arrested in the case in late October as he was trying to leave South Africa. His role in the case is not yet known.

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