By Ingrid Fernandez
A Belizean businessman has been arrested for money laundering in Honduras, according to a publication in that country.
Honduran newspaper, “Diario La Prensa” publicized the arrest of Henry August Tabony, 65, who was apprehended at the Juan Manuel Gálvez de Roatán International airport in Isla de la Bahia, Honduras and charged him with criminal offenses of money laundering.
According to Honduran anti-money laundering legislation, anyone travelling with more than US $10,000 in cash is obliged to make a declaration, which Tabony failed to do.
Tabony was caught with 69 $100 notes, 17 $10 notes, 34 $50 notes and 368 $20 notes all in US currency, totaling $16,490.
Tabony was reportedly caught at the flight inspection departure hall and was immediately transferred to the Honduran Police Investigations Department (DPI).
He will be transferred to the Ministry of Public Prosecution of Honduras to be charged for the criminal offense of “money laundering”, which the country considers a threat to its economy.
Honduras has struggled to shake its reputation as a money laundering haven. In October 2015, a high profile case indicated the country was taking money laundering seriously when an affluent Honduran businessman and politician, Yani Rosenthal, was indicted by United States authorities for the crime.