Fraud suspect shot dead

3rd February 2004, Comments 0 comments

3 February 2004, AMSTERDAM — A 27-year-old man suspected of fraud was shot and killed in The Hague on Tuesday as police tried to arrest him and a co-suspect, the Public Prosecution Office (OM) said.

3 February 2004

AMSTERDAM — A 27-year-old man suspected of fraud was shot and killed in The Hague on Tuesday as police tried to arrest him and a co-suspect, the Public Prosecution Office (OM) said.

Police and the two suspects exchanged gunfire on the Haagse Zuiderparklaan, but it was not immediately known if other people were wounded, news agency ANP reported.

The men were suspected of evading several million euros in tax and premiums, coming under suspicion during an investigation into fraudulent employment of people via Dutch temping agencies.

Authorities conducted several house raids on Tuesday morning, but the premises were not on the Zuiderparklaan. The intention was to arrest the two suspects at the start of the house raids.

An inquiry has been launched into the shooting, but the OM has not revealed the identity of the victim. It is also not yet known how many shots were fired and if the man was killed by a police officer.

The immediate vicinity of the scene of the shooting has been sealed off and a bullet hole can be seen in a window, an NOS news report said.

Dutch authorities have cracked down on temping agency fraud in recent years, after the OM, the Labour Inspectorate, the tax office, the foreign police and enforcement institutes teamed up to form the Westland Intervention Team (WIT) in 1999.

It is estimated several hundred temping agencies — many of which are in The Hague — are guilty of fraud, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

The team's efforts led to the start of a series of legal hearings in The Hague in October 2001. The OM estimated at the time that the initial fraud cases involved tens of millions of guilders.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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