50 Dutch arrested in Europe money laundering case

File photo showing a police arrestPicture: Wikimedia Commons/Lionel Allorge

Some 200 people, including 50 Dutch, were arrested last week in a massive European investigation into so-called money mules - people who make their bank accounts available for criminals to hide their money in, ANP reports.

Various agencies and services from Belgium, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Romania, Spain and Portugal worked together in these arrests. The Dutch police led the operation and was supported by Europol and Eurojust. This is the first such joint action in Europe, according to the news wire.

The suspects made their bank accounts available for criminal use. Criminals hide their illegally earned money in such accounts in order to stay below the radar. A total of 7.5 million euros were deposited into the suspects' accounts. The Dutch money mules had about 800 thousand euros in their accounts.