Israeli Police Investigating Illegal Online Operation

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Israeli special police unit Lahav 433 is currently investigating an unnamed online gambling operation that has generated more than NIS 57 million for its owners.

The Haaretz newspaper in Israel reports that the Lahav 433 interrogated Nochi, Dankner for nine hours, probing his online poker playing. Dankner claimed that he did not know who was behind the site or that playing online poker is illegal in Israel.

"Dankner was questioned as part of a broader investigation into illegal gambling," the paper claimed.

Police did arrest a suspect who is thought to be a part of the website owner's criminal organization.

The news report claims that: "On Monday, police arrested Uri Luzon - who is thought to be the number-two man in the criminal organisation headed by Amir Mulner - along with 19 other suspected members of Mulner's organisation, which police believe was behind the illegal website. An Israel Prison Service officer was also arrested, on suspicion of taking a bribe from some of the other suspects."

Lunzon reportedly was running the online betting scheme from his jail cell, where he is spending time due to a drug bust.