FIOD: four arrests for money laundering after the capture of “criminal” money at Schiphol

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The FIOD announced on Tuesday that on February 15 and February 20 a 45-year-old man from Dordrecht and three men (aged 22, 36 and 47) from Den Bosch, Amsterdam and Zwijndrecht were arrested for money laundering of many millions of euros. The arrests stem from an investigation into the capture of half a million euros in cash at Schiphol in May last year.

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Criminal provenance

On May 31, 2022, a man who had hidden 475,000 euros in cash in his luggage was arrested at Schiphol. Information from his seized phone eventually led to four other suspects, who, according to the FIOD, were also involved in transporting money.

The investigation team found text messages and photos that indicated the transport of large amounts of money. It is suspected that millions of euros have been laundered in a few months. The FIOD believes that this money has a criminal origin.

Five cars

Homes and two business premises in The Hague were searched. Telephones, more than 541,000 euros in cash, 6,000 US dollars in cash, four gold bars with a total value of 23,600 euros, sixteen cartons of unbanded cigarettes and five passenger cars were seized.

On March 1, 2023, the council chamber of the Noord-Holland court ordered the detention of the four suspects for a period of 90 days. The investigation is led by the public prosecutor in Haarlem.

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