The police rightly dismissed former agent Frank Giltay at the end of 2017 for ‘serious breach of duty’. The Utrecht court ruled this this Monday afternoon. Giltay, according to the administrative court, acted ‘structurally not with integrity’.
Giltay partied as chairman of the Central Works Council of the National Police, according to his old employer. He and his wife made candy trips to Curaçao and Sint Maarten and spent the night there in expensive hotels, according to the police. He also hired friendly entrepreneurs, according to the police, and messed with the invoices.
According to Giltay, these allegations are incorrect. He acknowledged in court in mid-September that he had sometimes made a mistake financially, but according to him this was due to the time constraints and the shortage of suitable people. The works council received 1.5 million euros annually and that could be spent at its own discretion, he said. Every penny he spent was approved by the then and now deceased former police chief Gerard Bouman, according to Giltay.
The court was not satisfied with that explanation. According to the court, the investigation into Giltay shows that he has adjusted vouchers and invoices, organized ‘excessively expensive events’, withdrew cash with the police credit card and – contrary to the rules – took his wife to Curaçao. Where ‘being frugal’ had been in place, according to the court, Giltay thought he could freely dispose of police money.
The court blames him for this because he had a “face-defining function,” which he is expected to “act with integrity and with moral awareness.” It took longer than normal for the court to rule, because the police chief had not given Giltay the opportunity to hear recordings of witness hearings from the investigation.
There is another criminal case against Giltay in Zwolle . The Public Prosecution Service suspects him of forgery, scams, embezzlement and official bribery. The case would actually be dealt with in September, but then it became clear that Giltay wanted another counselor. At the beginning of October his current lawyer asked the court to hear new witnesses, that request was approved.
ADDITIONAL FRAUD CHARGES:
Police fraud case will open cesspit…
Frank Giltay The former chairman of the Central Works Council of the police will stand before the criminal court on Monday. He would have committed a ton of fraud.
The list of festive excesses is long. For example, in December 2015, under the leadership of Chairman Frank Giltay, the Central Works Council (COR) of the National Police organized three lavish staff parties for an amount of 84,000 euros. Giltay also attracted attention due to expensive meals, a business trip with his wife and secretary to Curaçao, overnight stays in the Amstel Hotel and substantial alcohol consumption that he partially paid with his police credit card. Disciplinary investigations by the police showed that he also charged his employer the costs of an image coach, as well as tailor-made suits and 198 bottles of prosecco that he had delivered to his wife.
When the freak expenses of the works council – which had an annual budget of around 1.5 million euros – came to light three years ago, the career of the first COR chairman of the National Police fell into free fall. In 2016, after a four-year reign, he had to resign as chairman and a year later, he was dismissed for very serious breach of duty. On Monday, Frank Giltay (57) is in a pre-trial session before the criminal court in Zwolle for, among other things, forgery and embezzlement. It is the first time that he can respond publicly to the accusations.
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