Published On: Tue, Mar 11th, 2014

Zero tolerance: two minimarkets closed after illegal lottery sale

de palmWILLEMSTAD - The Economic Inspectorate closed down two minimarkets on the eastern side of the island because of the illegal lottery sale. Minister of Economic Development, Stanley Palm, announced recently that the government will take action against those who do not adhere to the law. If these establishments want to sell lottery, they have to be registered and paying taxes, the Minister declared.

Last month, the Minister announced that the government will take action against the illegal lottery sale. “The government is missing out on millions of guilders each year because of this illegal practice,” the Minister said.

Yesterday the Inspectorate started with their inspections and found that two Chinese minimarkets, on at Santa Rosaweg and one at Santa Catharinaweg, were selling lottery. Both places could not show their licenses. The authorities ordered the owners to close minimarkets for a week.

“Because these are the first ones we will allow them to open again in a week. Next time we will take away their permit, which means that they cannot reopen and have to start the whole process again of getting an economic permit,” Minister Palm declared.

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