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Twenty eight people – including a police officer – were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of running a major online gambling scheme that allowed users to access foreign Web sites and place bets on World Cup soccer games.
The police officer was said to have “provided technical assistance to the suspects,” investigators said. He is being questioned by the Interior Ministry’s Police Complaints Department.
Officers from the National Crimes Unit, the Lahav 433 police task force
and Tax Authority officials raided 40 locations Tuesday morning,
arriving at suspects’ homes, as well as offices, kiosks and currency
exchange spots across Israel. The arrests followed an undercover
Internet gambling was outlawed in Israel in 2007, and the government
and police have introduced online filters designed to prevent Israelis
from accessing foreign gaming sites and using credit cards to place
The suspects allegedly gave players in Israel a prepaid card that
allowed them to illegally circumvent restrictions and access the Victor
Chandler online betting Web site, which is based in Britain, as well as
the Stan James Web site.
In addition to being suspected of belonging to an illicit gambling
organization and laundering money, the suspects also “failed to report
profits from commissions, provided partial reports on salaries to
employees, and failed to report incomes,” the Tax Authority said.