WILLEMSTAD -- Former fraud prosecutor and prominent member of the Dutch political party VVD, Matthieu van Sint Truiden, paid himself in recent years almost a quarter of a million euro (US$340,000) through companies established in Curacao and the Caribbean island of Anguilla, hidden from the tax authorities.
According to a document from the tax court sent anonymously to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, van Sint Truiden, (53), during his work as a prosecutor at the Amsterdam Court, sent invoices to several former clients of the law firm Lovells, where he had been employed a few years earlier as a lawyer.
Clients for whom van Sint Truiden continued to work as a lawyer after his resignation had to pay for his services through a Luxembourg bank account of his company located in Curacao. In addition, van Sint Truiden hid the profits from the sale of his Amsterdam apartment in 2007 using a company on the sunny and tax-friendly Caribbean island of Anguilla, which was operated by a company located in Portugal.
The Dutch tax collector discovered the hidden cash flows in 2011 and laid additional tax assessments on the prosecutor last year in. Van Sint Truiden, now a suspect in a criminal investigation for tax fraud, reportedly needed extra money after his divorce, and extremely high alimony obligations.
The former prosecutor challenged the additional tax assessments with the tax court recently, but his petition was rejected this past week. Also a request by van Sint Truiden not to publish the verdict was rejected by the court.
The Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) discovered van Sint Truiden’s tax fraud in 2011, while he was still president of the VVD’s National Police and Justice party committee at that time. A few months later, he was fired from the court. The six-month long criminal investigation against the prosecutor was suppressed by the judiciary.
After his resignation, it became clear that the public prosecutor had ignored various signals. He was appointed by the court as prosecutor without any proper screening.
Source: De Telegraaf
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle