A 55-year-old man from Abcoude, Utrecht was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of money laundering. The man is suspected of laundering millions of euros while working as an "illegal banker" for criminals, the Tax Authority's investigative department FIOD announced on Wednesday.
Over the past months the police arrested a 14 teenagers and a 19-year-old man from Leiden and its surroundings in an investigation into sexual extortion. So far 28 victims reported to the police that teenagers were extorting them, threatening to post sexual photos of them online if they don't pay them money, the police said in a statement.
The victims range in age between 14 and 48 years. The police believe there are many more victims, and that this group of teenagers extorted around 100 thousand euros from the victims.
The Tax Authority's investigative department FIOD arrested six men on Tuesday in a fraud investigation. The men, aged 20 to 39 years, are suspected of posing as tax employees and scamming millions of euros from Dutch entrepreneurs. The police and FIOD received over 170 reports from victims. In total the criminal gang stole over 2.2 million euros, NU.nl reports.
The police also raided five homes in Arnhem and seized administration, cash, bank cards, a Mercedes and the pin numbers of 'money mules' - people whose bank accounts were abused for criminal purposes.
In 2016 the Public Prosecutor seized a record amount of 402,081,905 euros in money and assets from criminals in the Netherlands, almost triple the 144 million euros seized in 2015, the Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
Some 200 people, including 50 Dutch, were arrested last week in a massive European investigation into so-called money mules - people who make their bank accounts available for criminals to hide their money in
The FIOD arrested 6 people on Wednesday in an investigation into the abuse of DigiD accounts.