Money laundering: 2 man arrested on the island

Two men born in Italy and in the Netherlands have been arested in Sint Maarten and Saint-Martin.

The Anti-corruption Taskforce (TBO) of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team (RST) are conducting searches since early in the morning of Tuesday, December 13, 2016. At the request of Italian authorities the suspect F.C. (56), born in Italy, has been arrested. The searches are taking place at a home and an office building and are led by an investigative Judge.

Italy will ask for his extradition. He will be prosecuted in Italy among other things for tax evasion and bribery of several politicians. F.C. is also suspected in Italy for using his businesses for money laundering.

Several searches are also taking place on French Saint Martin led by an Investigative Judge. There the suspect R.B. (56) born in hte Netherlands has been arrested. Furthermore searches have taken place in Italy and suspects have been arrested. Finally in Amsterdam an office building has been searched.

These actions are the result of a partnership which started six months ago between the Prosecutor’s Offices of Italy, the Netherlands and St. Maarten. The Anti-corruption Unit of the Attorney General’s Office acted in line with this partnership regarding the arrests, searches, and seizure.

This international cooperation between Italy, St. Maarten, French Saint Martin and the Netherlands fits into the joint, intensive approach to combat cross-border corruption and fraud, also called “undermining”. Undermining, including corruption and money laundering, poses a serious threat to the security and economy of the countries in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom




Another suspect was arrested on French Saint Martin where searches will also taking place led by a French investigative judge. Dutch born R.B. (50) was arrested.

The searches and arrests are part of an international action taking place simultaneously in Italy, St. Maarten, French Saint Martin and The Netherlands.

(Photo : Anti-corruption taskforce)