FIOD investigates Enschede due to large-scale fraud

The Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) searched the home and business premises of a 36-year-old man from Enschede. Among other things, he is suspected of fraud with the Temporary bridging scheme for self-employed persons (TOZO), the support scheme for self-employed persons. The administration was seized and the man was arrested.

The investigation was initiated following a notification from the Tax and Customs Administration. The man works as a financial advisor and is also suspected of tax fraud and forgery.

The Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) suspects that he tinkered with log-in codes to the Tax and Customs Administration of clients and former clients and in doing so, channelled refunds into his own bank accounts. He is also alleged to have filed fake sales tax returns for 80,000 euros in the name of clients.

Reported own bank accounts

The man would have applied for the TOZO scheme, also in the name of his clients. He would have given his own bank account numbers for at least nine applications. According to the FIOD, he may also have misused other support measures.

The criminal investigation is led by the Functional Public Prosecutor’s Office, reports RTV Oost. In 2016 the man already received community service for forgery.