January 27, 2005

Well, crime may not pay, but you should still keep your receipts

The Dutch kind of crack me up. My dad sent me this article about a bank robber in Holland who was permitted by the Court, with the encouragement of the prosecution, to deduct from the amount of restitution he had to pay to the vicitm of his crime, the cost of the handgun used in the commission of that crime because it was a "legitimate business expense". Ok, sit back down now. Really, its true.

And the prosecution had this to say:

"You can compare criminal acts to normal business activities, where you must invest to make profits, and thus you have costs," explained Leendert de Lange, a spokesman for the national prosecutor's office.

De Lange went further to state that drug dealers could also deduct the cost of vehicles used to make deliveries of illicit substances — within reason.

Asked whether a very successful drug kingpin could cite the cost of a Ferrari, de Lange replied: "No, he would have to prove that he needed the car to transport the drugs around, and I hardly think he would transport them in a Ferrari."

No word on the logical question of whether the gun was deducted at full cost or whether the bank robber had to eat the depreciation. Also, how did he treat it on his tax return?

Seriously, can you believe this?

Posted by Random Penseur at January 27, 2005 03:41 PM

That just blows my mind. Wow.

Posted by: Jim at January 27, 2005 04:16 PM

Uh....that was actually a made up story.LOL

Posted by: LW at January 27, 2005 04:32 PM

Are you sure, LW? I found it at Fox News, the Telegraph in England and an Indian newspaper. If it is a hoax, its brilliant!

Posted by: RP at January 27, 2005 04:40 PM

It actually sounds about right, to me. That it's true, I mean. The Dutch have some cool laws, and some interesting ways around things.

The Telegraph-while considered rather to the right, is actually a reputable paper, too.

Posted by: Helen at January 28, 2005 04:10 AM

Well, I don't know that I think that this is particularly cool, actually. In fact, if I read it right, it requires the victim of the crime to bear the cost for the commission. That ain't cool.

As for the Telegraph, I'm not sure how right it really is. It may just look that way since the Guardian is far to the left that its almost off the vision charts. When you stake a position out like the Guardian has and call it left, it makes the Telegraph look right even though I think that they are really more of a centerist paper.

Posted by: RP at January 28, 2005 08:12 AM

...gives a whole new meaning to 'Dutch treat', doesn't it?

Posted by: GrammarQueen at January 28, 2005 05:02 PM
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