Former SKS365/Planetwin365 Owners in Mafia Probe

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

The CEO of the group is one of 51 people who have been threatened with charges of 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 alleges that SKS365 was bankrolled by the Martiradonna crime family, and was running illegal gaming venues prior to being sold to the Ramphastos investment fund in 2016. Up until that time SKS is alleged to have been involved in criminal activity, despite enrolling in an amnesty program to exit the black market.

Charges against the suspects are expected to be filed after 20 days, but during this in-between, suspects have been asked to provide information to prosecutors to assist with their enquiries.

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 🙂