Malta Suspends Gaming Licenses Over “Mob Ties”

MaltaThe Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has suspended the licences of a number of gaming companies in the country due to alleged relationships between the operators and Mafia-type criminal organisation, the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta’.

According to the Times of Malta newspaper, the allegations claim the companies form part of a global network also involving operators in Italy, Austria, Romania and Spain.

Led by Italian national Mario Gennaro, the Ndrangheta is said to have set up a number of betting companies in Malta as part of the organisation’s illegal gaming activities.

Gennaro yesterday (Wednesday) appeared in Maltese court alongside six other Italians, all of whom have agreed to be extradited to their native country where they are wanted for alleged involvement in organised crime.

Italian police have alleged that Malta-based companies Uniq Group Ltd, Uniq Shopping Ltd, Tebaral Holding Ltd, Tebaral Trading Ltd, Betsolution4U Ltd and Fast Run Ltd were all involved in the illegal activities.

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