Prosecutor looks into Checkmate’s Books, Offices raided again

RST TBO officers at Checkmate Security main offices on Monday morning.

~Port offices also raided~

PHILIPSBURG–On Monday morning special anti-corruption taskforce TBO of the Kingdom Detectives Cooperation Team RST, led by the investigating judge, conducted several searches as part of an investigation into bribery, tax fraud, forgery of documents and money laundering.

Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Gino Bernadina issued the release, but did not mention the exact locations of the raids. The Daily Herald understands that Port of St. Maarten and Checkmate Security on Illidge Road were the main sites searched by the TBO team.

No arrests have been made so far, but the investigation is still ongoing. It is expected the searches will continue throughout the day, according to the spokesman. Businessman Oneil Arrindell’s home was recently searched in connection with the Westin parking lot shooting incident earlier this year. Several documents and data carriers were confiscated during the operation.

This newspaper also understands that the Port of St. Maarten’s executive offices had been searched and several documents were also confiscated by the team. The investigation is part of a joint intensified fight against international fraud and corruption.

According to the release, corruption and money laundering threaten the security and economy of the countries in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom. The special anti-corruption taskforce, TBO of the RST, together with the National Detectives Agencies (“Landsrecherche”) of Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the Prosecutor’s Office have joined forces to combat corruption.

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Source: The Daily Herald