You hear the term “money laundering” thrown around a lot when it comes to criminal cases. By definition, it is “the concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money, typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses.” Others simply refer to it as “washing money.” Well, an unnamed 24-year-old man has been charged with money laundering in Amsterdam after a substantial amount of cash was literally found in his washing machine.
It all started on Monday (November 19). According to CNN, Dutch authorities were checking for unregistered residents in the western Amsterdam town of Oeverpad. The cops came to a home they believed to be a “bando.” According to the municipal administration, no one lived there. Newsweek reports, “Police in the Netherlands may search uninhabited properties listed with local municipalities if they suspect housing fraud or other crimes are taking place.” Netherlands police explain [translated], “Ghost citizen actions focus on people who live in the city but are not registered anywhere. For example, pre-addresses are selected based on, for example, vacancy, signs of housing fraud, striking habitation or signs of crime.”
When the police came to the supposedly vacant house, the 24-year-old man was present at the home when they got there. After a search, they found €350,000 (the equivalent of about $400,000) in a washing machine on the property in wads of of mostly €50 and €20 bills. More evidence of trapping was also found. The cops ended up confiscating several mobile phones, a money counter and a gun.
The man was arrested on “suspicions of money laundering.”