PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten—The pre-trial detention of suspect M.J.C. was suspended on November 28th, 2018, however with conditions. M.C.J. must be available and accessible to authorities, the suspect is prohibited from the use of alcohol and drugs and prohibited from gambling or any location where gambling is taken place.
Furthermore, the accused may not contact employees of the Court of First Instance or the Constitutional Court about the case. The accused may not leave the country without permission from the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The passport of the accused must be handed over to authorities.
A Criminal Financial Investigation was started by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the TRIGGGERFISH investigation. In the interest of this investigation, a car and two premises of the suspect were seized, depriving the suspect of illegally obtained benefits. “After all, crime should not pay,” stressed the Public Prosecutor.
M.C.J. is charged of embezzling $1.148.160.00 in the period January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2017 from the bank accounts of the Sint Maarten branch of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. M.C.J. is also charged with having embezzled NAf. 50.000 from the bank accounts of the Constitutional Court.
The investigation is in full swing. The TRIGGERFISH investigation is expected to proceed in court at the start of 2019.