Interpol network arrests 53 ‘mules’ in international betting conspiracy

Interpol network arrests 53 ‘mules’ in international betting conspiracy

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  • Ted Menmuir, SBC News
March 4, 2024 8:10 PM
  • Ted Menmuir, SBC News
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Spain

An Interpol investigation has seen Spain’s National Police Force (Policía Nacional) arrest 53 individuals who were allegedly serving as “betting mules” for a criminal organisation involved in manipulating sports events.

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According to reports, the criminal network orchestrated match-fixing schemes in football, tennis, and table tennis in over 20 nations, including Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia and Bolivia.

The arrests followed an investigation that took place from 29 January to 1 February, and was supported by Europol, Interpol and the Spanish Tax Agency (Agencia Tributaria), with the 53 suspects arrested in Madrid and Guadalajara.

The suspects reportedly sold their personal information and betting platform account credentials to the criminal network.