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New case: Not so poor after all

A man was convicted for a crime that had earned him a handsome amount of money. That is why, in addition to the sentence, a confiscation order was imposed to deprive him of his criminal profits. The Central Fine Collection Agency is responsible for the collection of such confiscated assets. FIU-the Netherlands also searches its data for these confiscation procedures in order to detect money flows that the parties concerned are trying to keep out of the confiscation. If the fines or confiscations concern large amounts, payment arrangements are often made between the convicted criminal and the Central Fine Collection Agency. After agreeing to the arrangement, those convicted frequently contact the Central Fine Collection Agency some time later to argue that they have insufficient funds to meet their payment obligations. In such a case, the instalment amount can be reduced by agreement.

This is what happened to the individual in the present case. The individual in question indicated that he could not possibly meet his payment obligations, and was accordingly granted a lower instalment. However, a search in our database revealed he had carried out a cash exchange transaction amounting to EUR 20,000. The transaction was declared suspicious and the Central Fine Collection Agency was informed. The agency immediately cancelled the instalment reduction and imposed an extra one-off payment on the basis of the suspicious transaction. This individual’s lawyer pleaded in vain that his client was unable to pay this amount; he was given two weeks to meet his payment obligations. If he failed to comply, he would be detained to enforce payment. 

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