New gambling network revealed in Moscow Region
MOSCOW, March 16 - RAPSI. Investigators have initiated a case on the organizing of another illegal gambling network in the Moscow Region, the Investigative Committee reported on Friday.
According to investigators, members of a criminal gang operated in gambling clubs and betting offices in the Moscow Region and Moscow from November 1, 2011, to March 14, 2012.
Investigators conducted 18 searches as part of the criminal investigation. A host of gambling equipment, 33 million rubles ($1.12 million) and counterfeit CDs were found, the Investigative Committee reported.
A similar illegal casino network in the Moscow Region was uncovered last year. The high-profile scandal incited a public uproar. Businessman Ivan Nazarov allegedly operated illegal casinos in 15 towns across the region. According to law enforcement authorities, several high-ranking officials of prosecutor's offices and the federal Interior Ministry were involved in the casino operation, which generated between $5 million and $10 million in revenue monthly.