Published On: Thu, Mar 17th, 2016

Parliamentary questions Bosman on KPGM involvement in Curaçao gaming sector

bosman-van-raakWILLEMSTAD – The Dutch MPs, Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) and Andre Bosman of the ruling party VVD recently asked the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk and the Minister Justice and Security, Ard van der Steur, on the possible involvement of the KPMG on the (illegal) gambling in Curaçao and Sint Maarten.

The questions asked by the MPS are:

1 Do you know the reports about possible illegal gambling in Curacao, focusing on digital sportsbettings (online casinos)?

2 Can you explain the phenomenon of sportsbettings in Curacao that has existed for more than 15 years exists, focusing on international markets, but there is no legislation for local markets and no control is exercised by local authorities, such as the Gaming Control Board (GBC)?

3 Do you agree with us that uncontrolled gambling industry from Curacao with demonstrable connections with people outside of Curaçao, as in the United States, could undermine the integrity of the Kingdom? If not, why not?

4 Has there been contact with the authorities (justice, tax, customs) from countries such as the US towards these cross-border gambling activities? If not, why not?

5 Are you aware of the statement by Mr Francesco Corallo, a casino owner in St. Maarten, his finances is being audited by KPMG?

6 Do you agree with us that the position of KPMG is vulnerable because Transparency International also indicates that the gambling industry is heavily intertwined in St. Maarten with the political administration?

7 Does this constitute a risk factor for the Kingdom of the Netherlands because of the connection KPMG - Corallo - gambling industry? If not, why not?

8 Is there a risk factor for the Kingdom of the Netherlands because of the connection KPMG - UTS - Robbies Lottery - gambling industry? If not, why not?

Photo: Van Raak (l) and Bosman (r)

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