“No link” between MGA and mafia probe suspects – MGA

By Mark
Published 15/11/2022
“No link” between MGA and mafia probe suspects – MGA

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) said that investigations into Malta-based gambling mafia associations found nothing linking the Authority to suspected individuals.

According to reports, Italian authorities had contacted the MGA for information on how Maltese operator-owned websites were being used by the mafia to offer unlicensed gambling.

In a statement, the MGA said that while it refers to certain media reports on investigations that have been concluded by the Italian authorities, the Authority added that it wanted to make clear that there is nothing linking it to those suspected of breaking the law.

Meanwhile, a Times of Malta report published last November said that those suspected collected money for bets in Italy through illegal channels, via sites belonging to unlicensed Maltese companies. 

The report also claimed that apart from these illegal activities, money was also laundered through other illicit means by the suspected individuals.

About the Malta Gaming Authority

The MGA is the gaming control board of Malta responsible for regulating most forms of gambling in its territory. These include land-based and online gambling services.

Malta Gaming Authority
The Malta Gaming Authority.

At NZCasino, we always recommend choosing New Zealand casinos that are regulated by reputable entities through gambling licences, and the MGA is one of those regulatory entities.

Responsible for issuing licenses to casinos such as UltraCasino, LeoVegas, FireVegas, MrMega, and Wildz, the MGA also deals with:

  • Protecting minors and vulnerable persons, by promoting Responsible Gambling;
  • Licensing and regulating gaming operators;
  • Guiding and cooperation at all stages of the application process;
  • Protecting player funds, ensuring secure and enforceable deposits and withdrawals;
  • Ensuring games and gaming devices’ integrity;
  • Ensuring the randomness of results of all games of chance (RNG) through auditing and independent testing facilities;
  • Monitoring licensee activities to make sure they are compliant;
  • Safeguarding player rights;
  • Keeping gaming free from criminal activities by monitoring illicit activities.

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