Malta suspends more gaming licences over ‘Mafia’ links

31 July 2015

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has suspended the licences of three more gaming companies in the country, with at least one of the operators suspected of having links to Mafia-type criminal organisation, the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta.

As reported by iGaming Business, the national regulator last week confirmed it had suspended the licences of both Uniq Group (Betuniq) and Betsolutions4U after Italian police accused both operators of having links with the criminal organisation.

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

Italian police have also accused a number of non-gambling related companies of having links with the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta.

The MGA has now confirmed that an additional three operators in the country have been suspended, with at least one of these reportedly linked to the ongoing investigation.

Soft Bet, Soft Casino and Fenplay have all had their licences suspended, although the MGA has not revealed the reasons behind the move.

However, reports in the Maltese media suggest that Vincenzo Giuliano, a director at Fenplay, has been arrested as part of the police investigation into links with the criminal organisation.

Customers of all three operators that have had their licences suspend by the MGA are being urged to contact the national regulator in order to settle any outstanding winnings.

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