Covenant signed about joint fight against financial-economic crimes

A covenant to strengthen the joint approach of financial-economic crime in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba was signed Monday in Bonaire by department heads of the Prosecutor’s Office, Carib­bean Netherlands Police Force KPCN, Kingdom De­tectives Cooperation Team RST, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Financial Intelligence Unit, Fiscal Intel­ligence and Investigation Service FIOD Netherlands and the Asset Recovery Team Curacao.

From left Tamara van Mierloo (Royal Netherlands Marechaussee), Michiel Marchand (Caribbean Nether­lands Police Force) Chief Prosecutor Henry Hambeukers, Nichalin Martina (Tax Office Caribisch Nederland) and Hans van de Vlist (Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service FIOD Netherlands).

The covenant is to intensify the exchange of information between services to be able to act more strongly against financial economic crime, such as (property) fraud and money laundering.

Under the covenant, agreements have been made under which investigations in response to signals of fraud and money laundering can be investigated.

When tackling crimes like these the services involved are often on their own. There are no direct victims of money laundering and one does not see immediately or recognise the characteristic of fraud, such as an illegal construction or false invoices, immediately from the outside.

There are very few reports of these types of crime. That is why cooperation is so important: only by reporting to each other when a service sees something strange and combining it with information from other authorities, fraud can be brought to light, the Prosecutor’s Office for Bonaire, Statia and Saba said in a statement.

With this covenant this step is being taken and money launderers and fraudsters are therefore significantly more likely to get caught, according to the Prosecutor’s Office. The intention is to increasingly seek cooperation with non-governmental entities in the fight against financial malpractice.

The Daily Herald.

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