Published On: Wed, Dec 19th, 2012

Shigemoto will be led before judge Thursday

PHILIPSBURG – The Daily Herarld reports that Former United People's (UP) party finance minister Hiro Shigemoto will be led before the Judge of Instruction on Thursday, December 20, Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos said Tuesday.

Shigemoto was arrested at his home on Monday morning, December 17, on suspicion of fraud, money-laundering and embezzlement in connection to the ongoing Piranha investigation. He is suspected of making double payments to a company that provided services to government.

Mos said Shigemoto's arrest was solely in regard to the Piranha investigation and not also the Taxand investigation as has been speculated.

Shigemoto is being represented by Janna Westra, who declined comment, as Shigemoto's legal representation received the case file only recently and cannot disclose any information.

Windward Islands Airways International's Winair's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Robert Gibbs was arrested on Monday, December 3, also in connection with the Piranha investigation. Gibbs was involved in recruiting personnel for various government agencies and is suspected of committing fraud, forgery and money-laundering with regard to payment for his services from 2009 until 2011.

This investigation began after a complaint was filed in 2011.

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