Workers' Youth League Membership Scandal

The Workers' Youth League membership scandal was a political scandal, where leaders of the Workers' Youth League (AUF) was charged of deliberately inflating membership numbers to receive increased government funding. Two former treasurers and two former leaders of the Oslo chapter were found guilty of fraud, and given prison sentences, for having unlawfully received NOK 648,000 in grants from the City of Oslo between 1992 and 1994. The convicted were Ragnar Bøe Elgsaas, Anders Hornslien, Bjørn Jarle Rødberg Larsen and Anders Greif Mathisen. Anders Mathisen's sentence was suspended.

The unlawful practice of submitting inflated membership numbers to the city council offices had been accepted as a common norm for various political youth organisations, and it is believed that the leadership of the parties involved were aware of this practice. Only four members were prosecuted and jailed. Several former members of the AUF, many leading politicians of that time, were not charged. Among them was then Prime Minister Thorbjørn Jagland, and current Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg.

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