WORLD NEWS TOMORROW USA – CRIME REPORT: In recent years, several high profile tax evaders of the Netherlands were beginning to settle just across the border in Belgium. Research indicates that this could have turned into a major syndicate supported by some property estate agents.
It was reported that business was so good and blooming, that organized trips on weekends with busses loaded with participants, would come to towns such as Oud-Turnhout and other, organized by a certain estate agency, to do their property purchases.
After WNT World News USA’s investigation, it seems that there were several investigation cases launched since 2002 by the Belgian Tax offices, but little was done. More importantly, the syndicates that supported this is still on the loose, never been questioned nor suspected of any crimes.
Yet, if a North African would steal a loaf of bread, he/she could face three month jail. It appears that the Belgian laws on justice serves only a few. The research also revealed that most tax evaders might have been advised by these property syndicates whom in return making huge profits on both property sales and insurance policy schemes. Making money off Tax Dodgers, is that a crime ?
The Smoking Gun:
Smoking gun or not? When World News spoke to local residents, it became clear that the local Flemish population is furious about what they called the “DUTCH invasion” however the real issues are rather the unfocused illegal organized crime and how it was done. Why were the estate agents involved never investigated ?
In some cases the “Tax Evaders” from Netherlands brought up to 15 million euro or more and neither property nor crime were prosecuted. Is this in fear of the name of Political correctness? One can aslo then ask : Does this perhaps shows a weakness of the Belgian Tax authorities to prosecute or does money perhaps talk in mysterious ways,after all, is just Human to rob the Government
But hi, hang on !, is this organized crime when estate agents supports advisory on selling high end properties to tax evaders knowingly ? According to some experts and the laws on tax evasion on participation listed in the Belgian penal code, this could be a serious crime. Just a few years ago a well known Property Notary Jean-Luc Indekeu from Brussels were jailed in Belgium on tax evasion.
One of WNT news members recently put it to the test. The estate agent openly admitted that some of his clients are tax evaders who is some cases bought two or more properties.
It could cost the Belgian Government Billions of Dollars in revenue and yet they failed to make the link of organized crime versus tax ovation.
By James Lee, Reported for WNT news NY USA.