money laundering

Cash and Rolex watches found in a Zwijndrecht home, 13 September 2019
Sep 19 '19 17:00

Police investigating a home invasion were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of euros in cash and several expensive watches, seemingly overlooked by a group of burglars who were in the home moments earlier.

Three burglars invaded a home in Zwijndrecht, Zuid-Holland last week, and locked up a resident in the basement while they searched the home. The resident managed to escape and call the police after the robbers fled the home.

Money laundering
Sep 13 '19 08:10

Five Dutch banks want to team up and establish an organization to tackle money laundering together. The idea is that by viewing the banks' total 10 billion transactions per year together, it will be easier for the organization - which they plan to call Transactie Monitoring Nederland (TMNL) - to identify suspicious activities, the Dutch association of banks NVB said to RTL Nieuws.

Money laundering
Sep 11 '19 14:30

The VVD wants banks to check city council members for money laundering and signs of links to the criminal underworld, like the payment systems of national politicians are already monitored, VVD parliamentarian Roald van der Linde said to BNR.

A stiff wind catches the Amsterdam flag flying over Oudebrugsteeg in the city center, 7 March 2019
Aug 28 '19 07:38

Amsterdam is losing the fight against organized crime. The authorities know little about the drug economy and -crime, the police are no longer even trying to fight drugs, and the judiciary failed to tackle the real crime structures, De Telegraaf reports based on a study it has in its possession. 

Jail
Aug 27 '19 11:00

Johan van Laarhoven, a Dutch man who used to own coffeeshops The Grass Company in the Netherlands, was sentenced to 75 years in prison in cassation in Thailand. No further appeal is possible against this ruling, making the sentence final, his lawyer said to RTL Nieuws.

Police guard in a detention center
Aug 22 '19 16:10

In a major investigation into so-called criminal facilitators, the FIOD uncovered a large network of drug, weapons and anabolic steroids traffickers. Six people from Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland were arrested over the past months. The FIOD seized 450 thousand euros in cash and bank balances, and over a million euros worth of ecstasy, steroids and medicines, AD reports.

Football
Aug 20 '19 08:35

Rabobank is no longer taking professional football clubs as clients due to "raised to unacceptable risks of money laundering, corruption, fraud and other abuses", NRC reports based on an internal message the bank circulated this summer. Rabobank employees are also no longer allowed "to take on new managerial or supervisory positions" at professional football organizations due to a "potential conflict of interest", the message said. 

ABN Amro World HQ
Aug 7 '19 09:16

Dutch central bank DNB ordered ABN Amro to review all its existing retail clients in the fight against financial crimes like money laundering, CEO Kees van Dijkhuizen revealed in a statement released with the bank's second quarter report. ABN Amro made 114 million euros available for this review of existing clients, the CEO said.

Euros
Jul 25 '19 09:18

Suspicious transactions reported in the Netherlands last year broke records in both number of reports and the amount involved. A total of 57,950 suspicious transactions were reported, involving an amount of 9.5 billion euros, according to figures released by the Netherlands' Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), an independent investigative agency of the National Police, NU.nl reports.

€68,000 drying out at a Rotterdam police station after a man jumped into the Maas river with the cash in his pocket, 11 July 2019
Jul 12 '19 12:00

A man with 68 thousand euros in cash on him jumped into the Maas river in Rotterdam while trying to get away from the police on Thursday morning, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter. 

According to the police, officers addressed the man because he showed suspicious behavior. He could not explain why he had so much cash on him. 

"What do you do if you have 68 thousand euros in your pocket, cannot explain this and have the police right in front of you? A man on Prins Hendrikkade only saw one way out", the police tweeted. "With the money, he jumped into the water."

Amsterdam_Zuidoost_ING-Bank_02_PM07
Jul 8 '19 14:30

The Dutch government wants banks, accountants, tax specialists and trust offices to do more to detect fraud and corruption in their systems. The government therefore asked the Netherlands' Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to create a checklist to show financial institutions what to look out for, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Euros
Jul 1 '19 08:09

Banning cash payments of over 3 thousand euros, regulating cryptocurrencies, and calling for the 500 euros banknote to be taken out of circulations are two of a large package of measures against money laundering that Ministers Wopke Hoekstra of Finance and Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security sent to parliament on Monday.

Football
Jun 12 '19 07:47

Amateur football clubs are an asset for criminals, who use them for money laundering, drug dealing, and creating an image of prestige and power in a neighborhood or town, according to a recent study by Tilburg University. Five football clubs from Zeeland and Noord-Brabant suspect that criminals are trying to infiltrate their club, according to the researchers, AD reports. 

Bitcoin cryptocurrency and euros
May 21 '19 09:40

A 33-year-old man from Apeldoorn was arrested on Monday for fraud, forgery and money laundering. According to the authorities, he earned at least 2 million euros by convincing people to invest in Bitcoin mining computers that he never bought, De Gelderlander reports.

Crystal meth and metamine found in a shipment of frozen drumsticks at a transport company in De Lier, 17 April 2019
Apr 25 '19 12:40

Last week customs officers found crystal meth and ketamine at a transport company in De Lier. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of frozen chicken drumsticks, which were on their way to England, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement.

The discovery was made on April 17th. A 32-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering. He was arraigned earlier this week and remanded into custody for another two weeks.

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.

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