PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — James Richardson was director of the National Security Service Sint Maarten (Veiligheidsdienst Sint Maarten, VDSM). In connection with the investigation “Tarpon”, several searches took place. The suspect was detained for 12 days in provisional custody in connection with the investigation.
He was sentenced today to prison term of 2 years for embezzlement and money laundering. The Court ordered him to pay the amount of 231.000 guilders back. Money that he overcharged the credit card of the National Security Services of Sint Maarten by buying personal goods. The judge called the offenses shameless and very serious.
The Public Prosecutor of Sint Maarten demanded in this case a prison sentence of 3 years and payment of the funds.
“Tarpon” is an investigation that started in 2014 following a statement by the Secretary General (SG) of the Ministry of General Affairs in June 2014 following an investigation by Government Accountant Bureau Office Sint Maarten (SOAB) in connection with suspicion of ambitious eclipse and money laundering.