Four held over attempted EUR 7.8m theft

20th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Four men were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion they were involved in an attempt to swindle Nijmegen City Council out of EUR 7.8 million.

20 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — Four men were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion they were involved in an attempt to swindle Nijmegen City Council out of EUR 7.8 million.

An alert bank employee prevented the money from being transferred to a private bank account in July, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

Police said the suspects from Rotterdam were aged 37, 38, 47 and 51. Two of them are customs officials at Rotterdam port, but have not been directly linked to the attempted theft and were instead arrested on suspicion of corruption and drugs charges.

The four suspects allegedly had access to a real or forged document that Nijmegen Council used to transfer funds and subsequently they lodged a transfer request amounting to EUR 7.8 million.

The theft was attempted during a busy period as the bank prepared to close for the week, but a bank employee grew suspicious and contacted the council. The council confirmed no such transfer request had been drawn up and alerted police.

The attempted theft took place at the end of July and the authorities went public with the crime at the start of September.

The four suspects were being transferred to Nijmegen for questioning on Wednesday. It is not yet certain whether more arrests will be carried out.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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