Willemstad- According to a press release from the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) Curacao, the Prosecutor’s Office has decided to prosecute the president of the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS), Emsley Tromp, for tax fraud.
The investigation against Mr. Emsley Tromp, called Saffier, was launched in early 2016 following ongoing media reports on potential financial malpractice committed by suspect. In this research, a number of searches were conducted, including at the Central Bank and at suspicious homes. Witnesses have also been heard and received documents from abroad. Of course, the suspect himself has also been heard.
The investigation led, among other things, to the suspicion that Mr Tromp (deliberately) did not pay all of the income he received from his tax office for the purpose of his retirement pension for the period 2006 to 2014. The disadvantage for the country of Curaçao is estimated at about 5.5 million Antillian guilders.
The investigation into this suspicion has now been completed and the Public Prosecutor’s Office has now taken the decision to proceed with prosecution. The Public Prosecution Service is expected to issue the summons for these facts shortly, as well as the date of the meeting. The suspect is informed about the prosecution decision of the Public Prosecutor.
The investigation into the remaining suspicions continues. The Prosecutor’s office expects a decision shortly if Tromp will also be prosecuted for additional wrongdoing.