Verstappen sponsor suspected of money laundering
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Max Verstappen is set to become world champion for the second time in a row, and he is just one win away and his title rivals Charles Leclerc and Sergio Pérez to add a few points. At the Singapore Grand Prix, he has his first real chance of claiming the crown, although everything indicates that he will celebrate the feat at Suzuka in early October.
However, the Dutchman, unwittingly and without being guilty of anything, found himself at the center of the controversy due to a scandal involving one of his personal sponsors, and it is that the supermarket chain Giant is under investigation or, rather, its owner and CEO, Fritz van Eert.
The 55-year-old businessman is suspected of having money laundering, as local police said after raiding his home last week. The owner of the Dutch company since 2002 is known for his contribution to numerous charitable causes, in addition to being the sponsor of numerous motorsport modalities.
However, authorities have now targeted him because they believe he is using for-profit racing and laundering money to profit from tax fraud.
To get Max Verstappen out of the deal, the manager of the reigning Formula 1 world champion, Raymond Vermeulen, told the press of his country that the sponsorship contract of his pupil was not signed with van Eeert, but was signed directly with the Jumbo company, an organization with which the prosecution has nothing to reproach. In addition, the one who controls the life beyond the circuits of the star of Red Bull in terms of commercial agreements, suggested waiting for the results of the investigation before making any other statement.
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