Tycoon Is Arrested for Links to Fraud

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), October 17, 2006 | Go to article overview

Tycoon Is Arrested for Links to Fraud


Byline: By Gareth Morgan Western Mail

A tycoon has been arrested and faces extradition to Holland after a joint investigation which involved raids in his homeland as well as London and South Wales. The investigation involving Welsh, English and Dutch police is looking into carousel fraud, a sophisticated crime which costs European taxpayers billions of pounds a year. John Deuss, a 64-year-old Dutch oil trader and banker, was detained by police in Bermuda this weekend after vanishing from his luxury home. The money trail left by suspected fraudsters led the police to his First Curaiao International Bank (FCIB), which has offices on Curaiao. Dutch authorities raided the bank and placed it in a form of administration.

Mr Deuss's sister Martina, 60, was arrested after simultaneous raids in Holland, London and Monmouthshire where she owns a farmhouse.

Ms Deuss is the director of several of Mr Deuss's companies.

She has used the farmhouse in a secluded valley as a holiday home for the past six years. The stone-built farm at Llansoy, three miles from Usk, has undergone a major renovation during that time and is now worth around pounds 500,000. …

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