Published On: Wed, Mar 28th, 2018

Stealing made easy

Hilbert HaarBy Hilbert Haar

The Emerald-trial is formally about companies that did not file returns for income and turnover taxes by not reporting income they received from the Harbor Group of Companies to the tax office. Altogether, the six suspects that have so far been in court fleeced the tax office for 5.7 million guilders.

The public prosecutor maintains that the companies did not even do all the work they claimed on their invoices and qualified their actions simply as “stealing from the harbor.”

Attorneys balked at the suggestion, saying – correctly – that their clients have not been charged with submitting fraudulent or forged invoices.

But what is really gong on here?



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