“Refugee woman of the year” convicted of aggravated money laundering

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Published 2 December 2021 at 19.57

Abroad. Saido Mohamed, who was named “Refugee Woman of the Year” in Finland in 2011, has now been sentenced to probation for aggravated money laundering and aggravated receiving. Yle reports.

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Somali Saido Mohamed has been widely praised in the Finnish media for his fight for Finland to receive so-called refugees from the third world.

In 2011, she received the honorary title “Refugee Woman of the Year” from the organization Finnish Refugee Council. She has also been active as a politician in Helsingborg, first for the National Coalition Party and then for the Greens.

It later emerged, however, that Mohamed for ten years, between 2003 and 2013, raised child allowances of over 44,000 euros in his sister's name.

The sister moved to the UK in June 2003 and therefore not entitled to child support in Finland during the period, writes Yle.

In the district court, Saido Mohamed was sentenced to one year and two months probation for aggravated money laundering.

However, the Court of Appeal reduces the suspended sentence to nine months. Saido Mohamed had referred to the fact that she lost her job due to the criminal suspicions and was exposed to “threats on social media”, reports Yle.

She will also pay compensation to Folkpensionsanstalten FPA of just over 44,000 euros, of which about 36,000 shall be paid in solidarity with the sister.

The sister was sentenced in November 2017 by the Court of Appeal to six months probation.