Former Bwin Executives to Face Bribery Charges in Austria

Two former bwin executives are facing bribery charges in Austria regarding their failed attempt to acquire a Turkish sportsbetting license almost a decade ago.

Norbert Teufelberger and Manfred Bodner have been charged with bribery after they hired a group of lobbyists in Austra, who then hired lobbyists in Turkey to help secure a sportsbetting license within the country. Bwin eventually ponied up €2.3 million to get the certification, but was ultimately duped by a company that sold the group a fraudulent license.

The Austrian government believes that the licensing fee paid was actually a bribe put forth by the executives, and is prosecuting them as a result. The charges are not the first that the duo has faced, as in 2006 both were arrested for offering gambling services in France without a gaming license. Teufelberger was also arrested in 2012 in Belgium under similar charges.

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29 February 2016 - 10:21pm
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Maybe it's about time those two to face the consequences of their actions. I didn't know what to think before I read that they were arrested couple of times before so it couldn't be coincidence or something. It's never is.

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This is really interesting, since they no longer work for the casino who should be prosecuted the casino or them? It may have been a company policy, or what do you think?