August 04, 2015

Malta suspend online gaming sites following mafia connections

The Maltese Gaming Authority have suspended more online gaming licenses including Fenplay, Soft Casino Ltd and Soft Bet Ltd. All their operations have now been suspended and those companies cannot offer any online services to existing or new customers until a full investigation has concluded.

The raids last week by Italian police on the infamous ‘Ndrangheta Mafia, which controls much of Europe’s cocaine trade is run by Mario Gennaro who was propelled to a leading boss of the mafia crime gang following the huge success of the gambling empire which was used to launder money made from cocaine smuggling.

Arrest warrants were issued for those suspected of running the gambling empire along with 11 of the gambling sites run out of in Austria, Malta, Romania and Spain.

The ‘Ndrangheta is considered the most powerful crime syndicate in Italy, having surpassed Sicily’s Cosa Nostra and the Naples-based Camorra, because to the money it has made as the principal importer and wholesaler of cocaine produced in Latin America were laundered through the gambling websites and betting shops. There has been in total nine gaming sites that have had their licenses suspended since the crackdown last week.

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