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Father of Icelandic US Suspect Says She’s Innocent

Ingvar J. Karlsson, the father of the Icelandic woman who was arrested for extensive extortion on Thursday, said he believes in his daughter’s innocence and is confident that the truth will come out. He is on his way to the US.


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“I’ve spoken with her and we are working on this case,” Karlsson told visir.is. He said the case is a shock for the family and asks that people don’t believe everything that is written about it.

His daughter Helga was arrested along with her boyfriend in Chappagua, New York, where they live and run a computer repair company.

They are accused of having extorted hundreds of millions ISK from a wealthy man who sought their assistance with the repair of a computer in 2004.

According to the US media, the couple came up with an incredible story about how a virus in the computer could be traced back to a village in Honduras, including lies about Polish priests and the Opus Dei sect plotting against him.

Urdur Gunnarsdóttir, information officer at the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, told the newspaper DV, “Our approach in cases like these is always very similar. We help people, establish connections and make sure the Icelander gets legal assistance.”

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