Justice demands a four-year prison sentence, of which six months are suspended, against Ferdy R., the founder of Founding Loterijverlies, for embezzlement and tax fraud. The man behind the claim club against the state lottery made off with the millions of participants' money.
The 41-year-old man from Bergen in North Holland is alleged to have embezzled €2.8 million. The Lottery Loss Foundation took action against the State Lottery on behalf of thousands of participants who felt misled because their chances of winning were smaller than they had been led to believe. The claim degenerated into a years-long legal battle and a row within Loterijverlies itself. R. was arrested in July 2018 by the fiscal intelligence and investigation service FIOD. He was detained for some time and was released the following month. Justice suspects R. of transferring money to Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands with a favourable tax climate.