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Multiple Arrests in Spain after Interpol Uncovers Illegal Gambling Ring

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Police in Spain have arrested a large number of alleged ‘betting mules’ following an investigation by Interpol. The individuals are accused of having been part of a fraudulent scheme and sold their personal information to an illegal network.

The gambling-related arrests come after an investigation involving Interpol, Europol and the Spanish Tax Agency. A total of 53 people were arrested in Madrid and Guadalajara, and the fraud they took part in allegedly spread across 20 countries and included the manipulation of sporting events.

Criminals Targeted Soccer, Tennis and More

According to the police, criminals were attempting to match fix soccer, tennis, and table tennis in several countries including Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Bolivia. Using advanced technology, they were able to intercept satellite signals and access feeds ahead of the bookmakers in order to place winning bets.

The arrestees had allegedly sold their personal details and betting accounts to the illegal network, thereby helping the criminals win millions. The winnings would then be laundered through a complex system.

More than €2 Million Won

The investigation found more than 1,500 betting accounts linked to the scheme and between them, they had secured more than €2 million in winnings.

Those people arrested in Spain are facing charges for being part of a criminal organization and for taking part in fraud and money laundering. The arrests were part of the second stage of an investigation that was begun in 2020 and that had already seen 22 people arrested.

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