Editorial: That’s where the money isPOSTED: 08/28/13 4:19 PM
Willy Sutton is no longer with us but his legacy lives on. During his lifetime, Sutton robbed more than one hundred banks. Asked by a judge why he was committing these crimes the Irish-American bank robber quipped “Because that’s where the money is.”
Banks have upped their security since Sutton was arrested one last time back in 1952, but modern day robbers still flock to places where the money is. The foundation for the development of the Netherlands Antilles is one of those places and the people who robbed it did not come with guns but with slick stories and banking on their good standing in the community.
Whether St. Maarten’s Sona-fraud – with former Finance Minister Shigemoto as its most unlikely suspect – will result in a court case and after that in one or more convictions remains to be seen.
One thing is certain however: the successors of Willy Sutton (who died in 1980) will keep going to places where the money is.