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Earlier this month the newspapers reported that the Dutch banks are planning to reintroduce computerized checks on the account number and account holder in the case of funds transfer transactions. One of the reasons for this move has to do with so-called CEO fraud; in recent years this has been a real plague for companies, which have suffered losses running to millions of euros.

Individuals with a criminal background donated a large cash sum to a charitable foundation. This is a summary of the contents of a report from one of our foreign counterparts that made its way to the screens of FIU-Netherlands. In the country in question, well-known drug traffickers had handed over a wad of banknotes to a foundation with an idealistic mission. One of the officers of FIU-Netherlands searched through our data in relation to the individuals in question and found out that they had also carried out financial transactions in the Netherlands. They had spent almost half a million euros on cars, for example. Without exception, these vehicles were paid for in cash. In addition, the individuals spent €150,000 on gambling transactions in casinos. A file was drawn up and passed on to the FIU in the country in which the donation had been carried out; that FIU will carry out a more detailed investigation.

A 27-year-old man entered a showroom, where he expressed his interest in a Porsche Cayenne. Although it was a used car, its price amounted to € 55,000. The man agreed with the price, signed a contract of sale, and put down the money in cash. After which he drove off in his fast car. 

With the responsibility of the private institutions with a duty to report and the legal obligations and authority of FIU-the Netherlands in mind, there is a continuous search for possibilities to exchange information that is crucial to the prevention of and fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. One of these possibilities, laid down in section 20 of the Police Data Act, is the sharing of information with third parties, under certain conditions.

At Schiphol Airport, a fortnight ago, the Royal Dutch Marechaussee arrested two middle-aged men on suspicion of involvement in child pornography and child sex tourism.

Press release by the Public Prosecution Service

Joint fight of the Public Prosecution Service/Fiscal Information and Investigation Service and the Financial Supervision Office against service providers, bankruptcy fraud, and failing to report unusual transactions

For an extended period, the Dutch director of a Belgian limited company had transferred money from the Dutch commercial account of his 'investment company' to his private account, almost daily. The transfer was always described as 'restitution in view of a booking error'. In this way, the man had managed to transfer almost a million euro to his private accounts. 

Every now and then one is pleasantly surprised. Within the framework of a criminal investigation abroad, the Dutch judicial authorities were asked to organise a house search, which was conducted last week.

It was in the newspapers in February 2016 already: A 64-year-old Dutch man, registered as resident on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, was remanded in custody, suspected of money laundering proceeds of crime to the value of over 1,000,000 euros.

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