Former Noord-Holland official faces bribery, money laundering charges

A former Liberal council official in Noord-Holland province is facing criminal charges in connection with bribery, fraud and money laundering, the public prosecution department has confirmed to the Volkskrant.

Ton Hooijmaijers will appear in court in Haarlem on October 18. His wife and a real estate agent from Amsterdam are also facing charges.
The investigation into Hooijmaijers has taken 2.5 years and began with a raid on his home and several other addresses in 2010 The 51-year-old was in charge of planning and finance while a provincial council official.
Hooijmaijers lost his Noord-Holland job in 2009 in the wake of the collapse of Icelandic bank Icesave. He was partly responsible for the council’s decision to put €78m into the internet bank.
In September 2009 he also got into trouble after it emerged he had spent thousands of euros on the council’s credit card but had no receipts.

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