On Thursday, the Public Prosecution Service demanded prison sentences of up to four years against two former employees of Vestia. The case at the court in The Hague revolves around corruption, fraud, money laundering and forgery at the housing corporation in Rotterdam.
The two main suspects were employed by Vestia as a property manager and as a social management employee. On the ninth day of the hearing, the public prosecutor demanded against them four years and three years in prison, one year of which was suspended. They are suspected of taking bribes. They would have received these for years from cleaning and maintenance companies from the Rotterdam region in exchange for odd jobs. In total, the housing association has been harmed by these mala fide practices for approximately 2.5 million euros, which also affects social tenants, according to the judiciary.
“The suspects have shamelessly abused their position,” said the public prosecutor. “Moreover, this case makes it clear that corruption does not take place far beyond national borders or in certain criminal environments, as is often thought. It also takes place on a large scale at apparently very normal companies here in the Netherlands.”
Research has shown that tenders from subcontractors have been increased without the latter being aware of this. An offer of more than 39,000 euros was increased to more than 123,000 euros. The suspects shared the difference with each other, according to the judiciary. Invoices were also made for work that was not performed at all. The FIOD calculated that Vestia paid 320,000 euros too much to one of the subcontractors just for cleaning the gutters.
In the case, fourteen suppliers of services or goods and sixteen people are on trial for bribing the two former Vestia employees. The Public Prosecution Service demanded fines against the companies. The other suspects were sentenced to sentences ranging from community service to unconditional prison sentences.
The court will rule on December 24.
Jail sentences of up to four years demanded against former Vestia employees
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