NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 09:45
A bookkeeper has been embezzling money from a notary office in Veldhoven for years, the Eindhovens Dagblad has discovered. The adviser from Nuenen transferred more than three million euros from the Notarishuys to his own accounts.
In total, the 53-year-old bookkeeper pushed back 3.1 million euros over a period of fourteen years. According to the ED, he drove “fat Porsches” at the time and took over a chain of golf shops in Eindhoven.
The man abused the escrow account of the notary’s office, an account that is usually used to temporarily store large amounts of money, such as when purchasing a house. The fact that fraud has been committed precisely with that account is detrimental to the reliability of a notary’s office.
Last summer, Rabobank sounded the alarm about a suspicious transaction. The man had tried to transfer money to his own business account, but had specified ‘the tax authorities’ as the recipient, hoping to conceal where the money would actually go. Only the account number of one of his companies turned out.
According to the ED, the notary asked for clarification, after which the accountant confessed to the fraud. The Notarishuys is now demanding almost 3.7 million in compensation from the man. He declined to comment several times to the newspaper. In a conversation with the notary, he would have said that he wanted to cooperate “maximally” in selling his possessions.