Triforensic already commissioned with investigation: Central Bank controversy continues

POSTED: 01/25/13 1:12 PM

St. Maarten – The Amigoe newspaper reported yesterday that the Board of Commissioners of the Central Bank has already taken four times a decision about the terms of reference for an integrity assessment. The first decision was taken on June 7 of last year. Earlier, decisions were taken on June 6 and October 12 and 13 of 2011.

On June 7, the board decided that the assessment would be done by Instifin, a Belgian company specialized in fraud-related matters. In August of last year, Instifin joined forces with Triforensic and it operates now under that name.

On its web site, Triforensic states that it combines expertise from professionals in three fields of formally trained service: forensic auditors, forensic IT-experts and private detectives. These investigators are experts in the areas of fraud, integrity breaches, and non-compliance. Core services are fraud investigation, anti-fraud advisory and anti-fraud training.

The company has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg and it has access to an international network for international assignments.

Triforensic has five partners: Evert-Jan Lammers, an economist, Dutch registered auditor and registered forensic auditor; Michel de Kort, a Belgian licensed private detective and registered forensic audiotor; Hans Henseler, an expert in informatics, pattern recognition and artificial neural networks; Coen Mateijsen, a certified public accountant; and Hans Doorenspleet, a forensic investigator with a vast experience in tax compliance and tax fraud.

In April of last year the Board of Commissioners decided that Tromp would have to be put on non-active status if Instifin (now Triforensic) considered that necessary. According to the Amigoe, this was the case, but so far, Tromp is still in function.

The Dutch Central Bank has in the meantime also compiled a terms of reference document for the assessment. In the Board of Commissioners there is a difference of opinion about who is authroized to write these terms and to execute them.

The Curacaolenean board members are of the opinion that only their board is competent in this matter. But at the request of St. Maarten’s board member Robbie Ferron and the court-appointed Robert Pietersz, the board held a meeting about the terms of reference written by the Dutch Central Bank. The board of directors, Pietersz and the board-members from St. Maarten attended the meeting, but the board-members from Curacao did not show up.

The Curacaolenean board members accuse Tromp that he is meeting outside of the meetings with certain board members and that he gave them instruction about how to act in board meetings. They also claim that Tromp wants to decide about the terms of referrence.

The meeting of last Monday was postponed until this coming Monday, at the request of St. Maarten’s board member Jairo Bloem, who did not attend due to health reasons, but who took part nonetheless via teleconference.

Among the subjects in the integrity assessment are actions by Tromp that could have violated the bank charter and the penal code. The involvement of third parties in these actions also has to be investigated. Tromp may have played a questionable role in the bond loan for utilities company Aqualectra in Curacao. He allegedly abused his position as supervisor of commercial banks to force a loan without the usual guarantees and securities and against an unusual interest rate. Tromp is also accused of using part of a loan to his girlfriend to fund his own pension fund.

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