Windward Islands Bank named in money laundering investigation

POSTED: 04/5/12 12:58 PM

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – The Public Prosecutor ordered the arrest of Robbie Lottery’s owner Robertico Alejandro dos Santos on Wednesday morning, after he was called to the police station to be questioned in connection with a money laundering investigation called “Bientu”. Authorities in Curacao have been investigating the allegations that dos Santos collected illegal profits through the sale of forged lottery tickets, using his legitimate businesses as a front.

The investigations started in 2008 and uncovered what seems to be a “money laundering scheme” that involves large deposits into the Windward Islands Bank (WIB) on St Maarten. The raids represented the high point in an ongoing one-year criminal investigation of Robbie’s Lottery in Curaçao and St. Maarten for tax fraud, forgery and money-laundering.

The investigation is under guidance of the RST and the Intelligence and Investigation Team (TIO) of the Tax Accountants Office.

 

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