Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Sicily Mafia ring busted for gambling-tax fraud


(ANSA) - Caltanissetta, October 9 - Police on Tuesday
arrested 21 people, including five law-enforcement agents, on
various charges in connection with the use of mafia-controlled
gambling equipment that had been specially modified to cheat the
The suspects included a police chief, a high-ranking prison
guard, two finance police officers and a municipal police
officer, as well as three brothers from the local Allegro Mafia
family thought to be at the centre of the ring.
The latter are accused of illegal competition with
violence, aggravated threats, computer fraud, embezzlement and
aiding and abetting the Mafia by monopolising the local gambling
sector with their own fraudulent gaming devices.
Some five million euros worth of assets belonging to the
Allegro family have also been seized, including companies,
properties, vehicles and bank accounts.
The local preliminary-investigations judge also ordered the
temporary suspension of business in 21 bars and recreation
centres implicated in the probe.
In addition, other finance police officers, bank employees
and civilians working for the interior ministry have also been
placed under investigation.

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