Once again another high-level ‘official’, here on Sint Maarten has been arrested in conjunction with ties to dubious quasi-legal dealings. The following is quoted from the Sint Maarten Daily Herald.
AIRPORT–Port of St. Maarten Chief Executive Officer Mark Mingo was arrested at the Princess Juliana International Airport SXM. His arrest is in connection with the “Emerald” investigation.
According to the Prosecutor Spokesman Norman Serphos, the suspect is in the interest of the investigation in detention. Therefore, no further information can be given in this case for the time being.
Meanwhile, the investigative team, TBO and RST, under the leadership of the judge commissioned a search of the house of Mingo.
The Emerald-investigation was launched in April 2016. The investigation started when the owner of a security company on Sint Maarten was suspected of forgery, money laundering, and tax evasion. In November 2016 O.A. was arrested already in this case and some of his property was seized. The investigation is part of a larger investigation into fraud and corruption, also called society undermining crime. This is considered a serious threat for the security and economy of the countries of the Dutch Caribbean. TBO, RST, the national detectives of Curacao and St. Maarten and the Public Prosecutors Office are all partners in the combating of society undermining crime.