St. Maarten Police and Prosecutor searches three locations in cross border investigation

POSTED: 07/13/11 12:13 PM

St. Maarten/Curacao – The Robbie’s Lottery main office in St. Maarten is amongst three places that were searched Tuesday as part of an investigation into money laundering, tax fraud and forgery by the lottery company’s owner Robbie dos Santos. The offices of Syntac Accounting and Pan Americano Cooperation – a money transport company – were also searched as part of the information gathering process. Neither company is suspected of doing anything illegal.

Prosecutor mr. B. den Hartigh confirmed the search and said it was done on request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Curacao. He also said that Syntac Accounting and Pan Americano Cooperation had not been implicated.

“We just wanted to look into the files that relate to Robbie’s Lottery,” den Hartigh said.

Five locations in Curacao were also searched on Tuesday by a team that included the Criminal Investigation Team (RST), the Intelligence and Investigation Team (TIO), Foundation Tax Accountants (BAB) under the leadership of the Public Prosecutors Office. The searches in Curacao covered the lottery’s three offices, the home of each of the suspects and affiliated businesses like Caribbean Investment Group Ltd and Jamaroma Lotteries.

Dos Santos, one of the biggest lottery owners in Curacao, is the half brother of Finance Minister George Jamaloodin and Amparo – the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Curacao Ports Authority – and is a known and major financier of the Movement for Curacao’s Future (MFK). He is also a board member of the Fundashon Wega di Number Kòrsou. This is the second time allegations of tax fraud have been leveled. The first time was in the 1990s.

Dos Santos, who opened his first office in Curacao 30 years ago and his first office in St. Maarten 24 years ago, reportedly also has business ties with Francesco Corallo who owns Atlantis World Group which has several casinos on St. Maarten and Curacao. Sources do not rule out that raids will take place in these buildings.

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