A federal judge on Tuesday froze more than $28 million that prosecutors say is tied to an illegal gambling operation in the Dutch Caribbean involving a prominent Curacao businessman.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington issued a restraining order against three UBS investment accounts in Miami allegedly controlled by Robertico Alejandro dos Santos, who is the subject of a three-year investigation by Curacao authorities into allegations of money laundering, tax fraud and forgery.
Dos Santos, the half brother of Curacao Finance Minister George Jamaloodin, is suspected of selling millions of dollars in forged lottery tickets out of his popular gambling businesses in Curacao and St. Maarten, known as “Robbie’s Lottery.”
Dos Santos has not been charged, and he has denied the allegations. A lawyer for dos Santos did not immediately return a request for comment.
The U.S. Department of Justice received a request for assistance from the Curacao public prosecutor’s office last month. In it, Curacao officials alleged that dos Santos has accumulated more than $52 million in illegal profits through the scheme since 2004.
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