More Mafia Busts In Italian Online Gambling Sting

Published Wednesday, April 06, 2016 -
More Mafia Busts In Italian Online Gambling Sting

Italy is well known for its passionate attitude and love of the good life. The country is unfortunately also known for the corrupt practices of the Mafia and its insidious grip on society in Italy. The effort the government has made to make the problems the Mafia creates has been extensive.

Back in January reported that a sting had been conducted in Italy involving an online poker scam in Romania run by known Mafia members. Now just a fw months later it has been revealed that one of the largest sting operations in the history of Italian crime an illegal online gambling operation has been taken down by the Italian authorities. The bogus gambling operation based in Salerno with prosecutors stating that the games made it "impossible for players to make significant winnings."

The online gambling enterprise was almost everywhere in Salerno, a city of around one hundred and forty thousand in the south west of Italy. There have been eighteen people arrested in the investigation with a total of 64 suspects are still under investigation.  The authorities are positive that the leader of the Mafia-linked operation is 50 year old Antonio Contaldo with links to the Camorra organized crime syndicate, as well as the 'Ndrangheta based in Calabria.

The arrest of Luigi Tancredi last January who is known as the "King of Slots" started the ball rolling in the long investigation by police known as "Operation Jamm Jamm." The name came from a club in San Valentino Torio called the Jamm Jamm and it was one of the illegal venues funded by illicit online gambling returns.  

After the arrest of Luigi Tancredi, believed to be part of the operation, authorities put the hammer down on more than 12,000 online gaming terminals in various venues around Italy. 

To be safe and secure the government is warning players to take part in regulated and verified online gambling web locations to avoid financial and personal information loss.




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