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Two held on charges of Braille menu embezzlement.

Expatica, Netherlands.
Thursday, June 15, 2006.

AMSTERDAM - The former treasurer of a charitable foundation that developed menu cards for the blind has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement.

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) in Den Bosch announced on Thursday that the 38-year-old woman from Eindhoven was detained last week. She remains in custody.

Police arrested the 39-year-old former chairperson of the 'Meerzicht' foundation in early May, also on suspicion of embezzlement. A third person was held briefly and then released. He remains a suspect, the OM said.

'Meerzicht' received nationwide attention last year when it announced an initiative to provide restaurants with menu cards in Braille. Over 500

businesses, including major chains Hema, HapSnap and FEBO, placed orders for the menus.

But control of the foundation was transferred to a new board before the end of last year. The organisation's office in Eindhoven was emptied around the same time and the new board could not be contacted.

Bills for purchased and rented materials, including expensive equipment for the visually impaired, went unpaid. The foundation was declared bankrupt in April.

The receiver appointed to wind up the business has been contacted by 18 creditors who are owed a total of EUR 120,000.

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