Published On: Fri, Oct 23rd, 2015

Pre-trial review case Bientu today in court

Robertico-Robbie-Dos-Santos-15WILLEMSTAD - The criminal case against the gambling boss, Robertico 'Robbie' dos Santos, who is suspected of forgery and tax evasion starts today. The case, dubbed Bientu by the Public Prosecution (OM), will not be treated substantively, but as a pre-trial review.

During the pre-trial, the defense and the prosecution will have the opportunity to bring forward investigation needs, such as the hearing of witnesses. If the court follows these desires, a magistrate will be responsible for its implementation. The substantive hearing of this vast criminal case is scheduled for March next year.

The OM is prosecuting in this case, next to the natural person Dos Santos, also three legal entities (companies). The prosecution accuses Dos Santos of forgery and tax fraud through his companies.

Dos Santos is also suspected of possession of a firearm, committing forgery, money laundering and the evasion of taxes, or the turnover, profit and income tax. Also, the gambling boss and his business have been charged with joining an organization that has the intent to commit crimes.

“The lottery boss was arrested on April 4 2012 in connection with an investigation into large-scale money laundering, forgery and tax evasion,” the prosecution said. Later the prosecution spoke of an “extensive criminal investigation of a financial nature”.

Dos Santos’ businesses and home were previously searched several times in connection with the investigation. A search was also conducted at the headquarters of Dos Santos’ lottery business in November 2013. Documents were seized in the interest of the investigation.

Dos Santos’ personal bank account in the U.S. was also seized in this investigation.

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