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Suspected of social fraud

Jost willing to pay €30m to escape prosecution



After six years of investigation, the managing director of Jost has reportedly agreed to pay €30m to end the legal proceedings against him and the company. (Photo: Shutterstock)

After six years of investigation, the managing director of Jost has reportedly agreed to pay €30m to end the legal proceedings against him and the company. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Suspected since 2017 of human trafficking, labour code breaches and links with a criminal organisation, the Belgian transport company Jost, based in Weiswampach, has reportedly agreed to a court settlement.

After six years of investigations and police searches in Belgium and in Weiswampach, the Jost inquiry into suspicions of trafficking in drivers, labour code breaches and links to a criminal organisation is close to being concluded.

According to RTBF, the company's managing director Roland Jost has accepted a fine of €30m, of which €27m have been deposited directly to the social security system, as well as a six-month suspended prison sentence for the entrepreneur and two of his employees.

RTBF mentions “tens of millions of euros embezzled and degrading treatment of many truckers from Eastern European countries, including about 900 Romanian drivers”. The extent of the damage is unknown, although Roberto Parrillo, the general manager of CSC Transcom, puts the figure as high as €200m.

In Luxembourg, trade union LCGB had challenged the ITM (inspectorate of labour and mines) for not having detected the social dumping practices attributed to the Luxembourg carrier.

The final decision is subject to an agreement by the council chamber in December.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.