Robby’s Lottery skimmed millions from turnover in St. Maarten

POSTED: 03/13/16 7:25 PM

St. Maarten News – The trial of Robby’s Lottery owner Robbie dos Santos in Curacao that concludes today has several links to St. Maarten, or so it appears from the presentation of the case to the court by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Dos Santos skimmed 15 percent from the turnover the 100 to 200 vendors in St. Maarten generated.

That money was set apart in a vault at Dos Santos’ instruction, the prosecution says. From the vault this money went to off-shore companies.

The Dos Santos companies in St. Maarten – The Money Game and Jamaroma Lotteries filed incorrect returns for turnover tax between 2004 and 2009 and incorrect returns for the profit tax between 204 and 2011.

For skimming the turnover in St. Maarten, dos Santos used specially designed software. Between 2004 and 2013 the company skimmed $15.8 million from the turnover in St. Maarten; it kept 135 million guilders in turnover from illegal lotteries in Curacao off the books.

The skimming in St. Maarten costs the local government $790,000 (around 1.4 million guilders) in missed turnover tax alone.

Dos Santos channeled the money in cash and through cashier checks to the United States and to a web of 55 bank accounts at a dozen financial institutions at home and abroad.

According to the prosecution, Dos Santos has been selling illegal lottery tickets since 1992.

On July 11, 2011 house searches in St. Maarten and Curacao showed that the company used forged lottery tickets from Wega di Number Kòrsou (WNK) and tickets from foreign companies that had no permit. To print the WNK-tickets, Dos Santos used old plates from the Scherpenheuvel Printer, a company that had the monopoly on printing lottery tickets in Curacao until 2005.

Investigators have seized 84.4 million guilders from Dos Santos. According to the public prosecutor, this money stems from skimming and from illegal lotteries.

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