Wirecard processed payments for a Maltese online casino that was later revealed to have laundered money for a powerful arm of the ’Ndrangheta, one of Europe’s most dangerous mafia organizations.
Italian legal sources and documents seen by the Financial Times confirmed that, up to 2017, Wirecard processed payments for CenturionBet, a Malta-based gaming company that was later judged by Italian courts to have been used by organized criminals to move cash out of the country in a sophisticated money-laundering operation.
CenturionBet was used to launder millions of euros of criminal profits by a’Ndrangheta group from the southern Italian region of Calabria whose activities included taking control of one of Europe’s largest refugee reception centers and siphoning off EU funds intended to provide care for migrants arriving from North Africa.
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