Fraud suspected at Oil Trading Bonaire | THE DAILY HERALD

The Prosecutor’s Office in Kralendijk.

BONAIRE–Island Governor Edison Rijna has filed a complaint against company Balfrans and its director S.B. for allegedly embezzling almost US $400,000 from government-owned Oil Trading Bonaire (OTB) since they started managing its accounts in 2007. Chief Prosecutor Bote ter Stege said a team of the Dutch National Detectives will arrive on the island this weekend to handle the probe.

Rijna, accompanied by Commissioner Elvis Tjin Asjoe, handed the local prosecution a forensic bookkeeping investigation report on June 1 in which B. apparently admits giving himself “an advance” for years. He was heard in a shareholder’s meeting on July 5, when the suspect’s lawyer presented a stack of documents to supposedly prove his client’s innocence.

After studying the papers, the Prosecutor’s Office advised filing a criminal complaint.

  1. has been suspended as of Monday afternoon. OTB director René Lauffer, who asked for the inquiry after not receiving insight into OTB’s money flows, remains in his function.

Source: The Daily Herald