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Dutch Gaming Authority searches properties in Spain and Holland

The Dutch Gaming Authority, Kansspelautoriteit, (KSA) has revealed that on May 18, properties in Velsen and Spain were searched as part of an “international day of action."

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The home of a 56-year-old resident of Velsen, Holland was searched after the authority suspected him of money laundering and offering online games without a licence.

During the search, the regulator has said that two luxury vehicles, money, jewellery and paperwork were seized from the property.

In addition to the house in Velsen, the individual’s house in Spain was also searched, with items confiscated.

Research was also conducted into two companies based in Curaçao; The Tax and Customs Administration will continue to assess the companies in question.

The investigation was conducted by several parties. The KSA said it and the police, the Public Prosecution Service, the Tax Authorities and the municipality of Velsen worked together on the project.

All groups were headed by the Regional Information and Expertise Center (RIEC), a body that focuses on combating subversive crime by combining information with the aid of various government agencies.

In a statement, the KSA said: “Undermining crime blurs the boundaries between the underworld and the upper world. Criminals set up businesses for their activities, apply for permits and rent and buy buildings.

“For this they need the cooperation of the upper world, such as real estate agents and notaries. In this way these 'worlds' become intertwined and criminals can exert pressure on the upper world and take advantage of it.”

The criminal investigation of the recent case is still ongoing and the criminal investigation department has not ruled out any arrests.

 

 

 

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