In early April 2021, the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) searched three business premises and a house in Almere as part of a forgery investigation. The FIOD subsequently arrested a 30-year-old man.
The detainee is a director and shareholder in a private limited company (BV) allegedly used as an intermediary in international trade. The authorities also interrogated a second suspect but did not arrest him. They seized several records during the searches.
The FIOD began its investigation after the Financial Intelligence Unit flagged some irregular transactions. The investigation has revealed that the detainee had been using false invoices for the delivery of meat from South America. The fake invoices amounted to millions of euros. It is also not known if he even actually received the products each time an invoice was filed.