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Turkish authorities seized cryptocurrencies for $ 40 million from the organizers of illegal Betting
Ankara prosecutor’s office confiscated $ 40 million in digital assets as part of the operation to combat illegal sports rates. This is reported by The Daily Sabah.
The authorities also detained 46 suspects in this case.
According to law enforcement officers, participants in the scheme mediated in the transfers of money received from illegal bets. The funds raised were sent to cryptocurrency accounts of groups. Controlled accounts by a businessman from Northern Cyprus Halil Falal, his wife and manager of the casino.
Falyal was suspected of illegal financial transactions and money laundering. In February, he was shot next to his own house. The murder was launched by the investigation of the scheme of illegal Betting organized by him, the prosecutor’s office noted.
In total, law enforcement officers tracked the cryptocurrency transactions of the criminal organization in the amount of 2.5 billion Turkish lire (~ $ 134.4 million). Funds were transferred to digital assets in the country and abroad.
“At the moment, approximately $ 40 million is confiscated. But this is only the beginning, ”said the Minister of Internal Affairs of Turkey, Suleiman Soil.
According to him, Turkey uses all its departments to block transactions and earnings in organized crime cryptocurrencies.The operation was carried out by the Council for the Investigation of Financial Crimes and the Main Security Directorate with all its divisions, including intelligence and the smuggling NFT as a loyalty department, the minister said.
Soylu called the allegations that Turkey earns on crime and illegal gambling. On the contrary, he called Europe with one of the centers of such activity and emphasized that the country is ready for cooperation for joint combating crime.
“Countries will fight financial crimes on their own if Europe and the rest of the world will not come to consensus,” Suyla concluded.
Recall that in September 93 suspects were detained in China who washed $ 5.5 billion through cryptocurrencies. They received funds from fraud and gambling.
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