Court hears RUG fraud case
The court has allotted more than two and a half weeks for the case. In addition to G., his wife, his son, and his daughter-in-law also have to appear before the court. The Public Prosecution Service suspects Hans G. of money laundering, forgery of documents and corruption of public servants. He is alleged to have accepted tens of thousands of euros in kickbacks from several installations companies, in exchange for jobs at the RUG, since 2008.
G. wordt gezien als spin in het web in de omvangrijke fraud case. The RUG manager would ask the installation and construction companies to bypass official channels and give him money or do favours for his family in exchange for maintenance contracts with the university. According to the justice department, he put his son and his daughter-in-law on the payroll of two companies. G. denies this.
Also appearing before the court are the managers of two installation companies, and Hans G.’s secretary, Margreet B. The prime suspect says his role in the fraud is greatly exaggerated. ‘I know what I’m responsible for. As far as anything else goes, I’m at the mercy of the court. I’m not expecting anything surprising’, he says.
In January of last year, the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigative Services arrested eight people in connection with the case. Bank accounts, a boat, three cars, and 11,000 euros in cash were confiscated during searches, among other things.
The RUG will be closely following the case, says spokesperson Gernant Deekens.