money laundering

Femke Halsema
Apr 4 '19 11:10

Shop keepers in Amsterdam who receive large amounts in cash as payment from customers, will soon have to report it to the municipality. That is one of the measures Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema announced in the city's fight against undermining crime, RTL Nieuws reports.

Retailers already have to report unusual transactions if they receive cash payments of more than 10 thousand euros. Halsema wants to lower that amount to 1 thousand euros. The mayor hopes that this will help in the fight against money laundering, which is often a companion to more serious crimes.

Koninklijke Marechausee officer performing a traffic check
Mar 28 '19 18:30

The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested two men from France on the A16 highway in Hazeldonk for money laundering on Tuesday. One of them had 33 thousand euros in cash hidden in his underpants, the Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border security, said on Facebook.

Handcuffs
Mar 19 '19 17:20

The police took down 10 fake online stores which were made to look like English versions of real Dutch stores on Tuesday. Two suspects, a 40-year-old man from Leeuwarden and a 21-year-old man from Groningen, were arrested.

These English-language sites looked like the websites of real Dutch stores, with web addresses that were very similar to those of recognized stores with a Chamber of Commerce registration. Visitors bought products like milk powder, energy drinks, shampoo, deodorant and alcohol. After payment, the products were never delivered.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Mar 18 '19 09:01

A 55-year-old man and his 17-year-old daughter were injured in a shooting in Amstelveen on Saturday afternoon. The injured man has a criminal record and is suspected of cocaine trafficking and money laundering, according to broadcaster NOS.

The shooting happened at around 12:00 p.m. on Grote Wielen in Westwijk. The two victims were taken to hospital. Both were conscious and able to speak to aid workers. According to the police, they sustained only minor injuries. 

Gavel
Mar 11 '19 15:40

The Dutch State acted carelessly in the investigation into Johan van Laarhoven and his wife. This negligence led to the arrest of the Dutch couple in Thailand in 2014, as well as they years' long prison sentences they received in the country, the National Ombudsman said in a report on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Police raiding apartments in Ypenburg in The Hague, 5 March 2019
Mar 8 '19 11:20

One of 18 people arrested during a large-scale police action against so-called 'ghost tenants' in The Hague neighborhood of Ypenburg on Tuesday morning, is a high positioned police officer, the Telegraaf reports based on two "well informed sources". The police see this top cop as a link between criminals and the owners of the rental apartments that were raided on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.

The police confiscated 14 cars during raids in Ypenburg in The Hague, 5 March 2019
Mar 6 '19 12:40

During raids in dozens of apartments in The Hague neighborhood of Ypenburg on Tuesday morning, the police confiscated millions of euros in cash, five firearms, narcotics and 14 cars. A total of 18 people were arrested, the police said in a statement. 

Mar 6 '19 08:08

The Public Prosecution Service is prosecuting a police commissioner from Eindhoven for forgery and money laundering. Peter van den E. has to appear in the court in Zwolle on May 20th, NRC reports.

According to the newspaper, the commissioner is suspected of accepting bribes from a friend, an entrepreneur in the security sector. This friend, Otto V., is also being prosecuted.

Containers
Mar 5 '19 15:40

Three customs officer working in the port of Rotterdam were arrested on Monday on suspicion of money laundering. 

The three men, aged 31, 34 and 37 from Rotterdam, Schiedam and The Hague, were arrested after three homes and a business premises were searched in January, NOS reports.

They fell under suspicion because they made striking cash withdrawals and deposits on their bank accounts. According to the Public Prosecutor, these amounts were not in proportion with their legal income as customs officers.

Police raiding apartments in Ypenburg in The Hague, 5 March 2019
Mar 5 '19 08:20

The police are busy with a major action in The Hague, particularly focused on the Ypenburg district, on Tuesday morning. Over 30 apartments were raided in the early morning hours. The police suspect that criminals stay in these apartments - they're rented out, but officially no one is registered as living there, NOS reports.

ABN Amro World HQ
Feb 14 '19 16:40

ABN Amro is suddenly stepping up its game in the fight against money laundering. The bank is investing 85 million euros into getting its client files in order and is hiring hundreds of new employees to help with this. ABN Amro confirmed that it is in "constant dialogue" with regulator DNB, but would not say if it is trying to avoid fines or other penalties, the Volkskrant reports.

Rabobank
Feb 12 '19 09:18

Dutch central bank DNB fined Rabobank over 1 million euros for not having its customer files in order, and therefore doing inadequate checks on criminal money flows, Rabobank confirmed to the Volkskrant.

Amsterdam_Zuidoost_ING-Bank_02_PM07
Jan 18 '19 16:40

ING employees can look forward to "significantly" lower bonuses this year, even though the bank is doing well with more clients and turnover. The bonuses will be lower due to a settlement of 775 million euros the bank had to pay last year for failing to monitor money laundering, NOS reports.

Manicure at a nail salon
Jan 16 '19 12:00

State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs and Employment called on the public to report abuses in nail salons in the Netherlands. There are signals of human trafficking and exploitation in the fast growing sector. "The Inspectorate works through reports, then they can intervene. It is therefore important that we all keep our eyes open, because we can not do it alone", she said to NOS.

Police officer holding a cannabis plant
Dec 18 '18 10:20

Two police officers are suspects in a criminal investigation into an organized network involved in large-scale cannabis cultivation and trade in Almelo. They are accused of violating their official confidentiality and belonging to a criminal organization. Both officers have been suspended, ANP reports.

Amsterdam city center
Dec 13 '18 14:20

Mayor Femke Halsema invited a group of Amsterdam retailers to the city hall on Friday to discuss how they can reduce cash transactions. The Public Prosecutor and the Tax Authority will also take part in the meeting, the Telegraaf reports.

In her invitation, sent on Monday, Halsema points to the criminal use of cash. "Because cash leaves no traces, it is misused by non-honest consumers to launder illegally obtained funds", she wrote. She believes that fewer cash transactions could lead to a safer city.

Satudarah
Dec 11 '18 15:10

The Satudarah chapter in Geleen threatened to commit a slaughter in the city if the police raided the outlaw motorcycle gang's clubhouse. Messages intercepted by the police show that the motorcycle gang threatened to throw hand grenades into a bar with a hundred or more people inside, was revealed during the first hearing against seven members of Satudarah Geleen on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Euros
Dec 5 '18 15:40

Business man Bill Browder pressed money laundering charges against a number of banks and businesses in the Netherlands. The Pubic Prosecutor is currently investigating the charges to see if criminal prosecution is justified, RTL Nieuws reports.

A PostNL van
Nov 29 '18 08:27

Criminals abuse PostNL's parcel delivery system. The network of subcontracted package delivers are misused by criminals for things like drug transports and money laundering, Financieele Dagblad reports.

In 2014 PostNL CEO Herna Verhagen was warned about the vulnerability of courier- and parcel delivery companies, according to the newspaper. These businesses are vulnerable to threats, intimidation, money laundering, drug trafficking and and bribery, FD writes. 

Nov 23 '18 14:00

A 24-year-old in Amsterdam maybe took the term money laundering too literally. The police found 350 thousand euros in cash in his washing machine. He was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, Het Parool reports. 

The money was found while the police searched the home on Oeverpad in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, which is supposed to be vacant according to municipal records. The suspect was in the home at the time and arrested.

In addition to the cash, the police also found a firearm, money counting machines and a number of mobile phones. 

Nov 7 '18 08:55

The Dutch police made a breakthrough in intercepting encrypted messages between criminals. They gained access to the server of chat app Ironchat and could read messages sent between criminals as they were sent, the police announced on Tuesday afternoon. Over a hundred suspects were identified and many arrests will follow, NU.nl reports.

Terrasjes in Amsterdam
Nov 7 '18 08:19

Amsterdam is using a new method to crack down on money laundering in the hospitality industry. The administrative court ruled that the burden of evidence can be switched. Which means that Amsterdam can ask new restaurants or pubs to prove their money is clean before issuing a permit, NOS reports.

Euros
Nov 5 '18 13:50

Every year around 16 billion euros is laundered in the Netherlands, 90 percent of which come from drug trafficking and fraud, researchers at Utrecht University found in a study commissioned by the the scientific research and documentation center WODC. Fraud is increasing and the under- and upper world are becoming increasingly intertwined, the researchers warned in Trouw.

No Surrender
Oct 25 '18 15:20

The court in Breda sentenced Klaas Otto, founder of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, to six years in prison on Thursday. He was found guilty of extortion, assaulting and threatening two car dealers, and laundering 1.3 million euros, NOS reports.

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