An older couple was arrested in Gennep, Limburg in an Dutch-led international investigation into fraud and money laundering, the Public Prosecutor announced. The 81-year-old man and 61-year-old woman are accused of tax fraud, money laundering, forgery and illegal banking. According to the Prosecutor, the amount involved in the couple's crimes is estimated at over 41 million euros.
The Dutch police still do too little to fight corruption within their own ranks, according to an investigation by the Ministry of Security and Justice's Scientific Research and Documentation Center, NOS reports.
Police officer screening is still not properly done, according to the researchers. "Ever fewer employees are subject to the heavier forms of screening", the report reads. The screening investigations are also less detailed than in the past and too few interim screenings are done.
The police raided nine homes and companies across Noord-Brabant on Tuesday as part of a major money laundering investigation. A limousine rental company in Kaatsheuvel was one of the addresses raided. At least two limousines will be seized, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.
Addresses in Waalwijk, Rijen, Almkerk and Aalst were also raided. About a hundred people took part in this action, including police officers, FIOD officers, and soldiers. A number of sniffer dogs were also used.
The Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD caught three suspects selling brand-less beer as Heineken and Amstel. Eight businesses in Nijkerk, Putten, Rotterdam, Heusden and Linne were raided on Wednesday. So far no arrests were made, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to FIOD, the suspects bought brand-less beer from abroad, poured it into beer bottles and labeled them with Heineken and Amstel logos. They then sold them at higher prices.
Several Dutch companies fell victim to this fraud. The investigation is still ongoing.
The police arrested four people and seized 1 million euros in cash in an investigation into providers of smartphones that encrypt communication data. Investigators believe the suspects sold these encrypted phones to criminals, RTL Nieuws reports.
The encryption makes it harder for the authorities to listen in on conversations or read text messages from a distance. This trait makes encrypted phones extremely popular among criminals who want to hide their communication from the police.
A cargo inspector at the port of Rotterdam was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of involvement in the trafficking of nearly 200 kilograms of cocaine, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. The 42-year-old man from Rotterdam was connected to the discovery of cocaine in the shaft of one of the anchor chains of a Colombian coal carrier at the end of March.
The tax authorities investigative department FIOD arrested two persons in charge of a well known sushi chain in Rotterdam on Tuesday on suspicion of large-scale fraud, AD reports.
A criminal investigation was launched into the duo after a tax audit at one of the sushi restaurants revealed that data was deleted from the point-of-sale system. The tax authorities believe that this was done to skim revenue.
Skimming revenue in order to evade taxes is considered fraud. According to FIOD it distorts competition and harms tax payers.
The Dutch tax authorities' investigative department FIOD arrested a 65-year-old employee of an unnamed multinational as part of an investigation into corporate espionage. He is suspected of leaking corporate secrets, including patent rights, to a competitor in China in exchange for money, the Public Prosecutor announced on Friday.
The man was arrested at a train station in Twente. According to the Prosecutor, he was about to travel to China. The man's luggage, workplace and Twente home were all searched. The prosecutor seized physical files as well as digital data carriers.
The American tax authorities IRS ordered American Express to hand over information about Dutch customers, Bloomberg reports. This was done at the request of the Netherlands, which suspects that some American Express credit card holders are engaged in tax evasion. AmEx has to hand over information about Dutch customers who had American Express cards linked to bank accounts outside the United States and outside the Netherlands between 2009 and 2016, according to the news service.
The Dutch tax authorities' investigative service FIOD received details of 3,800 Dutch with hidden assets and savings in Swiss bank accounts from an anonymous source, AD reports. Based on this information, FIOD launched an international hunt for Dutch tax evaders on Thursday.
According to the Tax Authorities, the details about hidden assets in Swiss bank accounts can be compared to the Panama Papers that leaked last year. All 3,800 Dutch-linked accounts are with one Swiss bank, which the Dutch authorities would not name.
Three people were arrested and various homes and office buildings were raided on Tuesday in an investigation into 8 million euros worth of fraud committed by Dutch investment company Hollandsche Wind. The Public Prosecutor and tax investigative service FIOD also seized several cars, Tubantia reports.
A number of tax advisors are suspects in a fraud case involving 2.7 million euros, the Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD announced on Tuesday. Five suspects were arrested. Their identities were not disclosed, ANP reports.
Over the past two weeks the FIOD raided seven offices and homes in Stein, Holten, Hoorn, Purmerend, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and Wezep. Computers and files were seized as well as bank accounts, cars, houses and cash. A massive 180 thousand euros in cash was found in one advisor's home. The origin of the money is under investigation.
The Maaspoort area in Den Bosch was woken by gunfire during the early hours of Monday morning as a home on Stapelen was targeted in a shooting. On social media local residents describe the shots as sounding like machine gun- or automatic gunfire.
According to Omroep Brabant, the lower shutter of the home is riddled with bullet holes. The window behind the shutter was also severely damaged. Several surveillance cameras can be seen around the home.
On Thursday morning the police and tax investigative authority FIOD raided a warehouse on Industrieweg in Nieuwegein. Inside the authorities found raw materials for the establishment of a drug lab, AD reports.
The police also found a large quantity of bags containing potassium carbonate and a number of colored barrels with unknown content, according to the newspaper. As far as is known, no arrests were made.
An employee of a car dealership across the street told AD that the warehouse had been empty for some time.
The members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are increasingly meeting in pubs and restaurants in the Netherlands, Zwolle mayor Henk Jan Meijer said to newspaper AD. According to him, this is due to the closing of clubhouses.
Meijer is chairman of a national consultative group that is working to address the problem of motorcycle gangs in the Netherlands. The group is made up of representatives from, among others, the Public Prosecutor, tax investigative authority FIOD, police and local authorities.
Between 1996 and 2003 Dutch construction company Ballast Nedam paid bribes to the Saudi kings Fahd and Abdullah, broadcaster Human reported on Monday based on documents from the Tax Authorities' investigative department FIOD. All in all Ballast Nedam paid 500 million dollars to members of the Saudi royal family, according to the broadcaster.
The company and the Public Prosecutor reached a 17.5 million euros settlement on this bribery case in 2012.
A 44-year-old man from Almere was arrested by the Tax Authorities' investigative department FIOD after an amount of 2 million euros was discovered in an ambulance he wanted to ship to Suriname, Metro reports. He is suspected of money laundering.
Limburg man Toon van H. was arrested in his home in Echt on Tuesday on suspicion of ordering the assassination of two justice officials. Van H.'s lawyer Ludo Hameleers confirmed the arrest, AD reports.
The Tax Authorities' investigative department FIOD is currently searching the alFitrah mosque in the Utrecht neighborhood Overvecht in connection with a fraud investigation
Customs and police officers discovered 110 kilograms of cocaine while checking the cargo of an Iranian truck in Amsterdam's Westelijk Havengebied on July 28th, the investigative department for the Tax Authorities FIOD announced. Three men were arrested.
Customs officers in Rotterdam found some 4 thousand kilograms of cocaine hidden in a pineapple container on June 1st. According to the Public Prosecutor, this is one of the largest cocaine catches ever in the port of Rotterdam.
Two men were arrested after 100 kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the port of Rotterdam. The drugs were hidden in two bags in a shipping container
The Dutch tax investigation service FIOD raided ten locations in an international fraud investigation involving six Dutch companies on Wednesday, the Public Prosecutor announced.
The Tax Authorities' investigative department FIOD launched an investigation into fraud in the transfer of players at FC Twente, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday