Police arrest 19 in Puglia mafia money-laundering racket
Alleged use of video-poker and online gambling by Sacra Corona04 March, 12:58
One of the companies investigated is a major operator in online gambling, with more than 1,000 affiliated centers in Italy and a turnover of over 300 million euros.
Defendants face charges of money-laundering, transferring large sums abroad, using illegally-obtained proceeds fraudulent bankruptcy and the emission of false invoices.
Among those arrested is Albino Prudentino, 61, who is believed to be a high-ranking member of the SCU. Prudentino is alleged to have used dummy-names, professionals and accomplice-companies who were given the task of reinvesting alleged illegal gains of the SCU into the local economy.
Prudentino was originally stopped for racketeering and drug-trafficking in September 2010 in Albania, where he was about to inaugurate a casino. He was extradited to Italy in January 2011.
The arrests were ordered by a Lecce prosecutor.