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 Netherlands plays a big role in money laundering in the European Union, according to Europol. In 2014, over a quarter of suspicious bank transactions in the EU were reported by Dutch banks, the Telegraaf reports.
The banks in Europe reported almost a million transactions they suspected involved money laundering in 2014. Dutch banks reported 277 thousand suspicious transactions. Only Great Britain reported more, with 350 thousand.
A man the authorities believed was hired to attack prosecutor Greetje Bos, was released from custody, the Public Prosecutor announced. The investigation did not confirm the suspicions against him, NU.nl reports.
A 33-year-old woman was arrested last week on suspicion of money laundering in a Marktplaats scam. The Rotterdam police believe the woman let fraudsters use her bank account for their scam, which involved selling non existent text books to students via online shopping platform Marktplaats, AD reports.
This investigation has been running since 2015, when a total of 108 victims reported being scammed. They bought text books on Marktplaats, paid the money but never received the books. The total amount of damages was over 4 thousand euros.
The Noord-Brabant are raiding nine homes and businesses on Friday as part of a major investigation into money laundering, ANP reports.
The police also seized the administration of seven auditing firms. The investigators believe that the suspects in this investigation used the auditing firms' services for their money laundering practices. Whether or not the auditors and accountants were aware of this fact is not yet clear.
The Amsterdam police arrested four people suspected of money laundering. They were caught moving over 100 thousand euros in bank notes - some packed into chips packets and cookie boxes - from scooters to a car, the Telegraaf reports.
At around 2:00 a.m. on July 31s, officers noticed a group of seven people around three scooters and a car with foreign license plates on Willem de Zwijgerlaan. The car doors were open and the people were moving packets from the scooters into the car.
Over the past days the Belgian police arrested three people suspected of money laundering via bitcoins. One of the suspects is a 24-year-old Dutch man called Tommie V., the Telegraaf reports. He was arrested on Saturday.
The police arrested a 32-year-old man in Groningen on suspicion of computer fraud, identity fraud and money laundering. He was caught buying items online with stolen identities and then reselling them. He told the police he did so to pay off his student loan, the police said in a statement.
The man placed so-called key-loggers on two public computers at an educational institution in the city of Groningen. Key-loggers record what keys are hit on a keyboard, which gave the man access to, for example, credit card information or login details.
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.
Former customs officer Gerrit G. was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday. According to the court, G. used his position to let cocaine filled containers pass through the port of Rotterdam unchecked, ANP reports.
The Dutch Public Prosecutor is prosecuting four executives of coffeeshop chain The Grass Company for fraud, money laundering and participation in a criminal organization. One of those to be prosecuted is former owner Johan van Laarhoven, who is currently serving a 73 year prison sentence in Thailand for money laundering through the coffeeshop, ANP reports.
A 47-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man were taken into custody for bringing four Dominican women to the Netherlands illegally and forcing them to work as prostitutes in Amsterdam without a permit, Het Parool reports.
The Dominican women worked as prostitutes from a house on Haroekoestraat in Amsterdam Oost, according to the newspaper. The suspects appeared in court on Monday. They are suspected of human trafficking and money laundering.
A prosecutor lost dozens of pages containing highly sensitive information about a drug case on the street in Utrecht. Copies of these documents are now making the rounds in the city. An anonymous source shared the original documents with DUIC.
The handwritten pages contain reports of tapped conversations and observations about a large drug case involving several members of the same Dutch-Moroccan family in Utrecht. The reports extensively discuss the trade of three men in the family. They also contain suspects' names, addresses, phone numbers and travel information.
Three men from Bergen op Zoom were arrested at the Lage Zwaluwe train station last week for trying to smuggle 24 kilograms of cocaine out of the country, the police said in a statement on Tuesday. They are also suspected of money laundering. The cocaine was found in suitcases hidden on a freight train headed for Milan, Italy.
Esther Paul, the woman whose body was found in the Veluwemeer on April 30th, was in hiding at a campsite in Biddinghuizen a few days before her death. The police would not comment on why the 43-year-old woman from Almere was in hiding, but can say that she was still alive around 5:00 p.m. on April 29th. The case will be discussed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday, AD reports.
A car company Carfix Dew in Amsterdam Zuidoost was closed down indefinitely by Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Tuesday morning. The authorities believe the company built hidden compartments into cars for criminals to use in smuggling weapons, drugs or money, Het Parool reports.
This is the first time that a garage in Amsterdam is closed for posing "a serious risk" to public order.
Police officers in Rotterdam made quite a catch when they decided to check a man in the back seat of a car on Mijnsherenlaan due to his nervous behavior. In the car the cops found 747 thousand euros in cash and 1.5 kilograms of cocaine. The man, a 52-year-old German, was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, the police said in a statement.
The Public Prosecutor is busy with a criminal investigation against ING in which the bank is suspected of involvement in international corruption, money laundering, violating rules for customer due diligence and failing to report unusual transactions, a spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office confirmed to the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday.
Dutch banks ING and Amsterdam Trade Bank are listed with 730 other banks as financial institutions that helped Russian criminals launder money, international investigative journalist collaboration OCCRP revealed. A total of 19 billion dollars were laundered through these 732 banks between January 2011 and October 2014, according to the group, AD reports.
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.
A court in Ireland ruled on Thursday that suspected Amsterdam gang leader Naoufal F. can be extradited to the Netherlands. F. is wanted in the Netherlands for several crimes, including an attempted assassination on Peter R. in Diemen in November 2015, Het Parool reports.
Criminal lawyer Goran Sluiter filed charges against Rabobank on Thursday accusing the bank's executives of complicity in murder and other crimes committed by Mexican drug cartels. This follows an investigation by the United States judiciary into a Rabobank subsidiary suspected of laundering Mexican drug profits, the Volkskrant reports.
The Dutch authorities seized the bank accounts of a financial service provider from Rotterdam who is suspected of money laundering. These accounts contained a total of 70 million euros, the Public Prosecutor announced. No arrests were made thus far, the Telegraaf reports.