The Netherlands’ Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) recently arrested two individuals – a woman from Huizen and a man from Hilversum – on suspicion of ML.
The authorities searched a safe deposit box that the suspects had rented in Bussum. They found that the suspects had deposited 239,000 euros ($276,081) in cash in the safe. The authorities have seized these funds. They also searched the suspects’ homes, where they seized three cars and 25,000 euros ($28,879) in cash, among other items.
The FIOD launched its investigation upon receiving information that the suspects had deposited a large amount of cash in a rental safe. The authorities suspect that the funds have a criminal source. The seized cars and other items at the suspects’ houses were also purchased with illicitly sourced funds. The FIOD further found that the suspects’ expenses do not align with the income they reported to tax authorities.