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Casino | Three online gambling operators quit Malta over MGA anti-mafia investigation

LB Casino is now licensed in Curacao and continues to run its operations
as though nothing had happened | By David Sheldon – Casino.org

Italian anti-Mafia police have caused the Malta Gaming Authority continual embarrassment over its failure to root out bad apples among its licensees. But the regulator’s new pro-active approach seems to be working. (Image: The Richest)

An unprecedented anti-Mafia investigation by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) into all its Italian licensees has resulted in three companies “unilaterally terminating their own licenses,” according to Malta Today.

Betent.com (Betent Group Ltd), Potterbet (Potter Mrc Ltd) and Giodani (Giodani Limited) all voluntarily surrendered their licenses for unknown reasons, apparently unable to stand the heat of an MGA request for information.

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The MGA confirmed it had last week cancelled the license of another operator, LB Casino Ltd, the parent company of Leaderbet. Sources who spoke to Malta Today said LB Casino had been using its Malta operations to launder money derived from criminal activities in Italy.

It is now licensed in Curacao and continues to run its operations as though nothing had happened.

MGA Embarrassment

The MGA has been left red-faced by a string of Italian police investigations that have exposed Malta-licensed companies as being Mafia-connected.

It was prompted to launch its own licensing investigation following the arrest in early February of so-called “King of Betting” Benedetto Bacchi, whose Phoenix International Ltd was linked to 700 illegal betting shops that operated in partnership with the Palermo Cosa Nostra. Phoenix and its subsidiary B2875 were both Malta licensees.

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Bacchi’s ‘shops’ were officially registered as ‘data transmission centers,’ and used terminals that linked to online gambling sites including B2875.com, Bsport24.com and B28sport.com, which were all owned by Phoenix International.

According to Italian police, the operation generated around €1 million ($1.24 million) in profits each month, a large chunk of which was distributed among various Mafia families in Palermo.

It was the fourth such incident in the last 30 months and severely damaging to the reputation of the regulator of one of the world’s foremost online gambling hubs.

Defended in Parliament

Several weeks ago, questions were asked in the Maltese parliament regarding the effectiveness of MGA regulations. Partit Demokratiku MP Godfrey Farrugia accused the regulator of persistent failures of due diligence.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat responded that “among the (new) initiatives undertaken by the Authority are the strengthening of the due diligence department through increased human and technical resources.”

He added there had also been “changes to the due diligence process that include increased liaison with international agencies for gathering intelligence on individuals and companies and more specialized training.”

“It has also invested in the continuous monitoring of operators through sporadic independent audits, as well as specific checks against money laundering and terrorist financing,” he added.

Bron: Casino.org

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Leaderbet/LB casino is illegally sublicensed by Curacao Egaming and continues to run its operations through trustoffice Global Related Services and G-Force Corporate Services, managed by ms. Gouloud Hammoud and supervised by ex- premier Stanley Betrian, as if no maffia investigations are underway

Licenseholder Curacao Egaming/Cyberluck is managed by its directors Angelique Snel-Guttenberg and Hans Minnaar. By law and license, Curacao licenseholders are not allowed to sublicense Egaming licenses, yet continue to do so

Curacao Egaming / Cyberluck staat geregistreerd op de Hugenholzweg UTS gebouw

It is now licensed in Curacao and continues to run its operations as though nothing had happened

It is now licensed in Curacao and continues to run its operations as though nothing had happened.

ONMF Absloute N.V. is registrated in Curacao and operated by LB Group Ltd

ONMF Absloute N.V. is registrated in Curacao via director Global Related Services

Update 31 december 2019:

Zie ook: UOC | Anti-Mafia probe leads to three online gambling companies ending own licenses

De illegaliteit van Curacaose Egaming sublicenties is door Knipselkrant Curacao op 8 juni 2018 aangetoond, en door de BBC op 7 augustus 2019 vastgelegd in een driedelige reportage.

De Cyberluck Egaming sublicentie aan ONMF Absolute B.V., die o.a. de domeinnamen www.colmarbet.com, www.flybet365.win, www.vsport24.com en www.gioca1x2.net opereert, is per 16 maart 2018 opgeschort. De kvk registratie van ONMF Absolute B.V. en directeur Global Related Services B.V. (gemanaged door G-Force Corporate Services B.V.) is per 19 maart 2018 opgeheven.

Cyberluck heeft recentelijk de Egaming website www.gioca1x2.net opnieuw gesublicentieerd aan Riotagaming B.V. onder de directie van Xecutive Corporate Management B.V.

 

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