Bada Bing trial starts today

February 11, 2015


PHILIPSBURG–The court hearings in the so-called “Orca” or “Bada Bing” case will be kicking off in the Court of First Instance today, Wednesday, at 9:00am. The case involves a number of alleged illegal practices in and concerning Bada Bing nightclub in Simpson Bay.

In the trial, former Member of Parliament Patrick Illidge (49) will be facing charges of accepting bribes from Bada Bing and Lunteren N.V. owner, Jaap van den Heuvel (49) for the total amount of US $150,000 between October 2010 and September 2012.

In exchange for the money, Illidge allegedly was to use his power and influence to favour the Bada Bing owner in ensuring the Ministry of Economic Affairs would grant adapted permits to the nightclub and seek a change in its official registered address.

Illidge allegedly was to promote extended opening hours for Bada Bing and seek the extension of work permits for several female employees. He also was charged with possession of an illegal firearm.

The indictment against Van den Heuvel consists of eight charges, including the alleged bribery of Illidge, money laundering and membership in a criminal organisation involved in forgery, tax evasion, trafficking of women and the employment of women without work permits.

Lunteren N.V. and Manager K.E.v.d.B., (42), were indicted separately. The company also was charged with involvement in money laundering, trafficking of women, tax evasion and violation of the ordinance on the employment of foreign labourers.

Van den Heuvel is at the centre of the Bada Bing corruption case, which surrounds a videotape of Illidge apparently accepting banknotes from Van den Heuvel while the two discussed business permits.

The trial is expected to take two days, with the hearings to be continued tomorrow, Thursday. The verdicts may not be expected until March 5.


Maria Buncamper trail begins for tax fraud and being part of a criminal organization

November 29, 2014
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PHILIPSBURG–United People’s (UP) party member Maria Buncamper-Molanus will stand trial for tax fraud, fraud and participation in a criminal organisation.

The pro forma/pre-trial hearing in this case is scheduled for January 7, 2014, Prosecutor Tineke Kamps announced in a press statement on Friday.

Kamps said the Prosecution Service stuck to its word to take a decision about the prosecution in the Buncamper-Molanus investigation before December 1. The prosecutor has decided that 47-year-old “suspect” Buncamper-Molanus “will be summoned.”

“She will have to stand trial for tax fraud, fraud and participation in a criminal organisation.” Buncamper-Molanus’ case concerns an investigation regarding a transaction with a piece of land that was given on long lease.

Buncamper-Molanus ran on the slate of the UP party for the August 29 Parliamentary Elections. She is the former minister of public health, social development and labour.

The case against the Buncampers came to light in December 2010, when it was revealed that Buncamper-Molanus and her husband, Claudius Buncamper, had allegedly sold the economic rights to a plot of land on long lease to a fake company named Eco-Green N.V., against payment of US $3 million.

Buncamper-Molanus had allegedly obtained the rights of long lease on the government property against annual payment of approximately US $10,000 in April 2008, while she was a member of the then Executive Council.

Three days after Eco-Green was established, with a figurehead appointed as company director, the Buncampers sold the economic rights to the land to this company.

The figurehead allegedly was a former worker of the Department of Public Works. Claudius Buncamper was the head of this department for years.

Following the allegations, Buncamper resigned as minister in December 2010. Then Attorney-General Dick Piar had already given permission for a criminal investigation in 2011, but due to a number of big murder cases and several other time-consuming investigations, the Buncamper case had been put on the back burner. – The Daily Herald


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