Ronald P. (49) has been sentenced to two years in jail for money laundering. He also has to hand over the 13 houses in Delft. This was the court’s decision in The Hague on 14 September.
“The judge confiscated the buildings,” said a court spokesperson. “This means that the state will take possession of them.” The man from Delft can appeal this court decision. What will then happen to the buildings and the residents is still uncertain.
The AD newspaper (in Dutch) states that the residents are mostly students. Some of the streets where the buildings are located are De Vlouw, Julianalaan, Kleveringweg, Pelikaansingel, Pootstraat, Van Bossestraat, Van Gaalenlaan, Westvest and Willem Dreeslaan.
P. was also found guilty of forging documents. He is accused of forging an employment statement in 2010 to obtain a mortgage for a house on the Ruivenstraat.
AD reports that during the defence in court at the end of August, P. stated that he had bought the houses with legal money. He was involved in the car business in Germany and had sold on some speedboats at a large profit. The judge deemed that P. had not sufficiently demonstrated that he had purchased the houses with legal means.
The police tracked down P. and his buildings in 2017 when students in a house on the Ruivenstraat were causing a disturbance. When the police checked who the owner was, they found it was P., who had previously been convicted of possession of soft drugs. They then undertook further investigations.