Crime does not pay: Prosecutor’s Office to actively execute court orders to repay illegal proceeds from crime

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — During the last few years, the Court of First Instance in Sint Maarten ordered suspects in various cases to repay to the Country of Sint Maarten the illegal proceeds from their crimes. Some of these court orders and verdicts are now irrevocable.

According to the laws of the Country of Sint Maarten, the execution of court orders and criminal verdicts – amongst those court orders to repay illegal proceeds from crime – is an important task of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office is urging those persons involved to come forward to voluntarily repay the criminal proceeds. If payment at once proves to be impossible, the Prosecutor’s Office is willing to discuss the possibility to engage in a repayment plan. If, in due time, the persons involved will not have come forward voluntarily, the Public Prosecutor’s Office will actively engage those persons to repay the illegal proceeds from the crimes they were convicted for.

In executing these court orders, the Public Prosecutor’s Office may – together with local law enforcement agencies – seize assets of the convicted persons or arrest the convicted persons to execute the custodial prison sentence.

In order to avoid such measures, the Public Prosecutor’s Office is urging the persons involved to come forward voluntarily as soon as possible. Crimes does not pay.