SportF1Verstappen backer suspected of money laundering

Verstappen backer suspected of money laundering

Max Verstappen is about to become world champion for the second consecutive time, and he only needs one more victory and that his rivals for the title, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez, add few points. At the Singapore Grand Prix he has the first real chance to take the crown, although everything indicates that he will celebrate the feat in Suzuka at the beginning of October.

However, the Dutchman, unwittingly and without being guilty of anything, has found himself at the center of the controversy due to a scandal involving one of his personal sponsors, and that is that the Jumbo supermarket chain is being investigated or, rather, , to its owner and CEO, Fritz van Eert .

The 55-year-old businessman is suspected of money laundering , as indicated by the local police after searching his house last week. The owner of the Dutch company since 2002 is known for contributing to numerous charitable causes, in addition to being a sponsor of many motorsport modalities.

However, now the authorities have targeted him because they believe he is using racing for profit and laundering money to benefit from tax cheats.

To remove Max Verstappen from the case, the manager of the reigning Formula 1 world champion, Raymond Vermeulen , told the press in his country that his pupil’s sponsorship contract was not signed with van Eeert, but rather directly. with the Jumbo company, an organization about which the prosecution has nothing to reproach. In addition, the one who controls the life beyond the circuits of the Red Bull star in terms of commercial agreements, suggested that the results of the investigation be awaited before making any further statement.

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