HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland’s police are investigating whether a Finnish lawmaker cheated parliament out of 13,000 euros after claiming allowances for a second home that turned out to be a Helsinki sauna.
The member of parliament, Ville Vahamaki of the nationalist Finns Party, denied any wrongdoing in a statement.
Finnish tabloid Iltalehti reported in July he and another member of parliament had been claiming elevated housing allowances for a sauna facility which they had rented from a chief police officer in the basement of an apartment building.
“In practice, I use it for laundry and so forth,” Vahamaki told the newspaper at the time.
Vahamaki is suspected of having defrauded parliament of around 13,000 euros ($14,830) in the form of unjustified allowances, the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation said in a statement, adding he had already paid the money back.
The prosecutor will now consider the charges. Police found no grounds to suspect the other member of parliament of a similar fraud.
Finland has a population of just 5.5 million people but is home to around 3 million saunas.
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Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Alison Williams