Serbia launches massive crackdown on illegal gambling

News 25 May 2011

In a nationwide crackdown on illegal gambling and fraud, 600 Serbian police officers searched 150 locations, arrested 17 people, and seized large sums of money and unauthorized gambling machines, reported the Serbian news agency Tanjug on Tuesday.

Among those apprehended were five inspectors from the State Directorate for Gambling, charged with receiving bribes and abuse of office. Others were charged with conspiracy to commit criminal acts and unauthorized gambling. The loss to the Serbian state through these criminal activities is estimated in excess of 1 million euros.

According to the State Prosecutor for Organized Crime Miljko Radisavljevic, gambling inspectors received cash and other gifts from the owners of betting locations and casinos. In turn, they would alert owners to scheduled inspections, which would allow them to move illegal gambling machines offsite. 

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