After a series of raids across the country, tax officials in the Netherlands have arrested five men following an investigation into an illegal sports betting and money laundering operation.

Three of the five arrested - a 34 year-old from Rijswijk, a 40 year-old from Hilversum and a 40 year-old based in Cyprus but temporarily living in the Hague - are regarded as the prime suspects in the case. They are thought to be part of a criminal organisation that illegally allows Dutch citizens to bet on sports.

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