The Malta Gaming Authority has refuted claims that Palermo Mafia organisations had attempted to enter the country’s gaming industry.
The MGA claimed a recent “speculative and senseless” article from the Times of Malta, detailing the allegations, was intended “solely to harm Malta’s reputation as a gaming jurisdiction of excellence.”
The reported scheme, in which Mafia members allegedly sought a Malta-based operator to run the Palermo Favorita race-track, which was raided and closed in December, would have “likely failed” according to the MGA, citing its “rigorous due diligence procedures, criminal probity checks, investigations and intelligence gathering activities.”
The Authority, representing the Maltese gaming sector which last year accounted for over 12 percent of national GDP, has previously acted quickly regarding illegal activity, suspending several licenses associated with an illegal gambling ring linked to Betuniq in 2015.
The MGA dismissed the Times’ claims as baseless, adding its technology would have “immediately red flagged any such attempts.”