Twelve current and former employees of the Italian State gambling company are under investigation for intercepting and cashing in 4 scratch cards worth €27 Million (over R459,9 Million in South Africa). These incidents took place between 2015 and 2019.
On Thursday, the police raided the homes and offices of the suspected 12. According to the Roman police, the 12 are under various investigations, namely: aggravated fraud, illegal access to computer systems, receiving stolen goods and laundering illicit gains.
Lottomatica, the lottery company, helped police with their investigations.
It’s believed that the alleged suspects intercepted 2 Super Cash tickets with each estimated at €7 Million (R134 Million) and a probability of winning of 1 in 15.84 million tickets.
The alleged suspects also cashed in the first prize of the 2 tickets in the Maxi Milliardario lottery, worth €5 Million (over R95,6 Million) each, with a win probability of 1 in 9.36 million tickets.
The alleged suspects were identified through their access to the IT systems, according to the police.
“They used relatives and friends to actually cash in the cards, and then had them put the proceeds in their own bank accounts”, concluded the police.
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