Dictionary of Dutchness


The Bouwfraude (construction industry fraud) scandal broke in 2001 when Ad Bos, a senior manager with building firm Koop Tjuchem, exposed his company’s system of double book-keeping. The ensuing investigation into corruption and fraud spread to hundreds of companies and a number of government officials. After a long and complicated court case that ended in 2005, building firms agreed to pay total fines of €230m.

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