Dutch authorities are launching efforts to charge a healthcare provider with money laundering, embezzlement and forgery of documents. The healthcare provider received millions of euros in subsidies and healthcare budgets from the municipality and the Social Insurance Bank. This money was meant to be used to assist and provide safe shelter to clients with intellectual disabilities or psychological problems. However, an investigation by the Dutch social investigation department revealed that the director of the healthcare provider also used the money for private purposes. The director used to divert the money from the business bank account of the healthcare provider to her private account.
In a subsequent investigation, the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Netherlands found that an accountant, a bank and a casino reported unusual transactions from the director. The director used over 1.8 million euros ($2.19m) of the diverted healthcare money for payments of gambling tokens at casinos. Moreover, the director entered the money she had gambled into the records of the healthcare provider.
Authorities had previously ordered the healthcare provider to repay hundreds of thousands of euros to money-lenders. The company then went bankrupt and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service waived further prosecution for money laundering, embezzlement and forgery. However, fresh proceedings have been launched to reverse this waiver. The results of these proceedings will come out by the third quarter of 2021.