Former SKS365/Planetwin365 Owner in Mafia Probe

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The owner of Planetwin365 and SKS365, as well as the group's founders, have been notified by law enforcement in Italy that they're going to be charged as part of an investigation into mafia activities in the country.

Thomas Smallwood, the owner of the group is one of 51 people who'll be charged with money laundering as part of Operation Galassia, which is Italy's largest-ever money-laundering investigation. SKS365 co-founders Paolo Tavarelli, Giuseppe Decandia, and Paolo Sipone are also set to be charged in the investigation.

Italy's probe showed that SKS365 was bankrolled by the Martiradonna crime family, and was running illegal gaming venues. The company was sold to the Ramphastos investment fund in 2017, but up until that time SKS was involved in criminal activity, despite enrolling in an amnesty program to get out of the black market.

Charges against the suspect will be filed after 20 days, but during this in-between, suspects can provide information to prosecutors for a chance at a more lenient sentence.

For their part, Ramphastos claims no wrongdoing. A company statement from the group reads in part: "Ramphastos denies that any wrongdoing has been perpetrated by its managers in the financial settlement of the acquisition of Talenta Labs. Ramphastos puts its trust in the justice system and will cooperate with any possible investigation by the authorities. As a matter of policy, Ramphastos does not comment further on the ongoing legal proceeding".

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4 October 2019 - 4:40pm

We've long known these people are scumbags. It's good that the law is catching up with them. My question is: If you were running a mob gambling site, wouldn't you aim to treat players as fair as possible in order to avoid extra suspicion onto you? I know I would.


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4 October 2019 - 6:57pm

Yeah, that's a good question (and answer) there Slim😉, obviously the money wondering is the most innocent thing that those guys could be accused...

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7 October 2019 - 8:54am

Isn't it even more strange that there is no Mafia doing online or offline gambling business in Italy?
Let's see how the case goes on 🙂