PHILIPSBURG / WILLEMSTAD — On Monday 19 December 2022, the Recherche Samenwerkingsteam (RST), under the supervision of the Judge of Instruction RC, conducted searches at the homes of two suspects at three residences in Sint Maarten and Curaçao.
The searches took place in connection with an investigation called “Helsinki” where fraud and corruption are suspected to have been committed by, among others, a (former) board member of a so-called government NV.
The investigation is ongoing, and arrests or further searches are not ruled out.
The “Helsinki” investigation is being conducted by the RST under the leadership of the Central Team of the Attorney-General’s Office of Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
The Central Team focuses on a specialised approach to combat corruption and undermining crime. The team conducts criminal investigations with a financial-economic component and involving Politically Exposed Persons (PEP), civil servants, government NVs, facilitators or public sector organisations. These cross-border crimes often include serious forms of tax fraud and money laundering in addition to corruption.
Editors Note: 721newsroom has confirm from reliable sources that the house of T.R. and G.W. were the two houses searched in Sint Maarten.