DH | Fraud suspected at Oil Trading Bonaire

The Prosecutor’s Office headquarters in Bonaire.

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.

Bron: Daily Herald

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