The daily De Standaard reports that the man convinced the Belgian employment agency that he had lost his job and for four years managed to pocket unemployment benefit worth 830 euros a month. In reality his construction firm built one luxury hotel after the other and he only paid his illegal workers 3 euros an hour. He also served on the board of four companies.
The employment agency only investigated the man's affairs when he changed his domicile to the Dominican Republic. It appeared that he owned a real estate firm worth 35 million euros. When the benefit fraud and employment of illegals was discovered the man faced a lengthy prison sentence, but the property developer managed to reach an agreement with the court. He now only has to repay the unemployment benefit and pay a fine. He will not go to gaol.