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‘Mafia links’ lead Malta to suspend licenses

Published by techadmin on 03 Aug 2015 , 12:00 AM

Reports linking three gaming operators to the Mafia-like Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta’ have lead the Maltese Gaming Authority to suspend three operating licenses.

The suspension of the licenses of Soft Bet, Soft Casino and Fenplay came after the Italian police accused both of being linked to the criminal syndicate headed by Mario Gennaro (above).

According to igamingbusiness.com, the MGA had already suspended the licenses of Uniq Group and Betsolutions4U.

Of the latest round of suspensions, at least one of the gaming companies is believed to have a relationship with the Ndrangheta. To this end, the Maltese media is reporting that Fenplay director Vincenzo Guiliano has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Italian police force is also keen to investigate the Ndrangheta’s involvement in a number of non-gaming companies.

Meanwhile, in Italy, the authorities have seized assets worth over two billion euros from gaming operators with links to the Calabrian Mob.