Cyprus Mail

Illegal betting shops raked in €15m in two years

A coordinated raid on three illegal betting shops in Nicosia by police revealed that over €15 million in bets were accepted over the last two years, a police report said on Friday.

According to the report, three homes serving as betting parlours were raided by members of the Nicosia crime-prevention unit, as part of a broader police campaign against illegal gambling.

The first raid was in the home of a 46-year-old man, where a computer, a notebook, and an external computer hard-drive were seized as evidence.

A second raid was conducted in the home of a 48-year-old man, where three computers were seized.

The third raid was in an apartment, owned by the two men. Once police entered the flat, the 48-year-old was found sitting in front of a computer and managing a website.

Through the website, the man appears to have allowed his representatives, in Cyprus and abroad, to take bets from various gamblers, who were given access codes by the representatives.

Preliminary examinations revealed that total betting taken over the last two years exceeds €15 million.

Several documents and notes were seized at the apartment, as well as four computers.

The two men were taken to Nicosia CID, charged and released, pending forensic examination of the evidence.

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