On 4 March, an article from OCCRP reported that Italian authorities have announced the seizure of over €80 million in assets and restriction orders against 23 people allegedly linked to Sicily’s Cosa Nostra for involvement in illegal gambling, aggravated fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.  This is said to be part of an investigation into a staggering 336 individuals tied to an illegal online gambling scheme that spanned the Italian regions of Sicily, Emilia Romagna and Puglia, as well as Malta, Poland and Germany.  At its heart is the Santapaola-Ercolano clan, the ruling mafia faction in Sicily’s eastern province of Catania.  This criminal consortium set up a sports betting website, basing its servers in Malta.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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