Ukrainian Police Bust Up Illegal Gambling Ring

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This week it was revealed that law enforcement in the Ukraine broke up a large-scale illegal gambling ring that employed more than 120 people and operated online with 18 different websites.

The raid took place in the capital city of Kiev, and it was discovered that most of the employees weren't aware that they were a part of a criminal enterprise. 80 police raided the company this week, and discovered the depth of the ring. The company ran 18 websites, and employed game developers, web designers, administrators, and IT professionals, and its operations generated about €400,000 per month.

In the raid police took $97,000 USD worth of cash, electronics, documents, and a firearm into custody. Jewelry and drugs were also seized in the raid.

Gambling is illegal in the Ukraine, save for lottery games. The activity has been banned for 7 years, and there have been growing calls for lawmakers to legalize the activity as there are many underground rings that lure Ukrainian punters in.

Casino Listings will update this story as we learn more about the sites that were part of the raid.

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20 November 2016 - 1:18pm

Obviously that's been very serious organization and I'm surprised to read that some of the employees didn't even knew they work for an illegal gambling ring.
The fact that police have confiscated some cash, jewellery and drugs shows that not all of these "employees" are so innocent though...

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21 November 2016 - 6:27pm

I am also surprised to see that some of the workers didn't know it was illegal. I have to say I felt a little bad for them until I read that drugs were also taken from that place. I am sure they had some gut feeling that what they are doing isn't correct.