Amsterdam official suspended on fraud charges
The municipality of Amsterdam suspended the manager of its Radicalization and Polarization Department on suspicion of fraud, sources confirmed to Het Parool and the Telegraaf. According to the newspapers, she is suspected of invoice fraud and conflict of interests.
The Public Prosecutor launched a criminal investigation into the matter after the municipality's integrity office called in the police, Het Parool reports. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan informed the city council about the case last week.
According to the Telegraaf, the woman hired someone she knew for work that cost a considerable amount of money.
The suspect was the mayor's first contact point on Amsterdam's anti-radicalization approach and worked closely with the mayor and aldermen. She also maintained contacts with key people in the capital's Muslim community, who keep city hall informed of problems in the community.