SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Police in The Hague have raided at least 30 homes and arrested three people in a major investigation into criminal networks and housing fraud.
In many cases no-one was registered as living in the apartments which, police say, is a sign that the occupants are living under the radar. Most of the properties are in the Ypenburg area of the city.
Finance ministry investigators and council officials were also involved in the raids, as were dogs trained to sniff out dogs and money, police say. According to broadcaster NOS, the raids centred on six apartment blocks in Ypenburg and 200 police and other officials took part.
The three men who were arrested come from Zoetermeer, Nootdorp and Rijkswijk and acted as letting agents for the owners of the properties. They are suspected of involvement in money laundering.
There will be a news conference later on Tuesday when police will give more details about the raids and the results.(DutchNews)