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RST and other Detectives conducting Raids at Checkmate Security. (UPDATED 2)

oneilarrindell28112016PHILIPSBURG:--- Scores of detectives from the RST and other agencies are currently conducting a raid at the offices of Checkmate Security located on A.T Illidge Road. SMN News learned that several other locations will also be searched and that the team conducting the searches are from the anti-corruption unit.

Investigation into bribery, tax fraud, forgery and money laundering.

As of early Monday morning, November 28, 2016, the special anti-corruption task force TBO of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team RST, Led by the investigative judge, started conducting several searches on St. Maarten. The searches are conducted as part of an investigation into bribery, tax fraud, forgery of documents and money laundering.

No arrest have been made so far, but the investigation is still ongoing. It is expected the searches will continue throughout the day. We will give an update as soon as possible.

The investigation is part of a joint intensified fight against international fraud and corruption. Corruption and money laundering threaten the security and economy of the countries in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom. The special anti-corruption task force, TBO of the RST, together with the National Detectives Agencies (Landsrecherches) of Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the Prosecutor’s Office have joined forces to combat corruption.

Onderzoek naar omkoping, belastingfraude, valsheid in geschrifte, en witwassen

Sinds vroeg in de morgen van maandag 28 november 2016 is het team bestrijding ondermijning (TBO) van het Recherche Samenwerkingsteam (RST) Onder leiding van de rechter commissaris begonnen met een aantal huiszoekingen in Sint Maarten. De acties worden gedaan in het kader van een onderzoek naar gevallen van (belasting)fraude, valsheid in geschrifte en witwassen.

Tot nu toe zijn geen arrestaties verricht, maar het onderzoek is nog in volle gang. De acties zijn voorlopig nog niet afgerond. Zodra er meer informatie bekend is, zal nader bericht volgen.

Het onderzoek maakt deel uit van een gezamenlijke, intensieve aanpak van grensoverschrijdende corruptie en fraude, ook wel ondermijning genoemd. Ondermijning, waaronder corruptie en witwassen, vormt een ernstige bedreiging voor de veiligheid en economie van de landen in het Caribisch deel van het Koninkrijk. Het TBO van het RST, de Landsrecherches van Curaçao en Sint Maarten en het Openbaar Ministerie zijn partners in de bestrijding van ondermijning.

UPDATE 2

Emerald-investigation into tax fraud, forgery and money laundering

As of this morning, November 28th, 2016, several searches are being conducted in the investigation code-named "Emerald". A few moments ago, The suspect O.A. (35) from St. Maarten was arrested in this investigation. He is currently suspected of tax fraud, forgery and money laundering

A new update will be made available as soon as possible.

The investigation is part of a jointly intensified fight against international fraud and corruption. Corruption and money laundering threatens the security and economy of the countries in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom in the Caribbean. The special anti-corruption task force, TBO of the RST, together with the National Detectives Agencies (Landsrecherches) of Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the Prosecutor’s Office have joined forces to combat corruption.

Onderzoek Emerald naar belastingfraude, valsheid in geschrifte en witwassen

Sinds vanochtend 28 november 2016, zijn meerdere huiszoekingen gestart in het onderzoek Emerald. In dit onderzoek is zojuist een verdachte aangehouden. Het betreft de 35 jarige O.A., inwoner van Sint Maarten. Hij wordt verdacht van belastingfraude, witwassen en valsheid in geschrift.

Een nieuwe update volgt zo spoedig mogelijk.

Het onderzoek maakt deel uit van een gezamenlijke, intensieve aanpak van grensoverschrijdende corruptie en fraude, ook wel ondermijning genoemd. Ondermijning, waaronder corruptie en witwassen, vormt een ernstige bedreiging voor de veiligheid en economie van de landen in het Caribisch deel van het Koninkrijk. Het TBO van het RST, de Landsrecherches van Curaçao en Sint Maarten en het Openbaar Ministerie zijn partners in de bestrijding van ondermijning.

UPDATE 2

anticorruptionteam28112016House searches and seizures have been taking place since early Monday morning, November 28th, 2016 in the investigation code-named Emerald. The special anti- corruption taskforce TBO of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team RST, together with the National Detectives Agency St. Maarten has searched a number of premises. The house of the suspect and some of his companies have also been searched. A search was also conducted at the offices of the St. Maarten port authority. The searches are still ongoing, and more searches cannot be excluded.

The suspect O.A. (35) from St. Maarten has been arrested this morning. He is currently suspected of tax fraud, forgery and money laundering.

The Emerald-investigation started in April 2016, following reports in the newspapers and questions asked in Parliament about the contract signed between the suspect’s security company the port authority of St. Maarten. During this investigation, suspicions arose about tax fraud, forgery and money laundering

The investigation is still ongoing. In addition to the searches, a number of bank accounts have been seized. In close cooperation with the authorities on the French-side also a yacht has been seized.

A new update will be made available tomorrow.

The investigation is part of a jointly intensified fight against international fraud and corruption. Corruption and money laundering threatens the security and economy of the countries in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom. The special anti-corruption taskforce, TBO of the RST, together with the National Detectives Agencies (Landsrecherches) of Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the Prosecutor’s Office have joined forces to combat corruption. Orders to recover proceeds of crime fit in within the new policy of the Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office will be submitting more of such claims.

Prosecutor's Office Press Release

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