Saturday 16 November 2019

Former VVD minister jailed for two months for tax fraud

A gavel in a courtroom.

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Former VVD MP and junior minister Robin Linschoten has been jailed for five months, three suspended, for tax fraud.

The sentence is tougher than the 200 hours community service and six months suspended jail term called for by the public prosecution department.

The court said Linschoten, who was junior social affairs minister from 1994 to 1996, had defrauded the tax office of €100,000 by not declaring enough in corporate taxes for his companies between 2010 and 2012.

Linschoten has admitted being careless but said he had not acted deliberately. He also blamed his accountant.

Linschoten told the Financieele Dagblad in August he is now as good as bankrupt. Neither Linschoten or his lawyer were in court to hear the sentence, broadcaster NOS said.

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