Head of state-run lottery company detained

The police operation took place upon suspicions of money laundering.

(Source: TASR)

The police have raided the building of the state-run lottery company Tipos, since the morning of November 26, the Aktuality.sk news website reported.

The reports suggest that the operation concerns the suspicions of money laundering. Meanwhile, head of Tipos Ján Barczi was detained, the police wrote on Facebook.

Money laundering and suspicious employment

Eyewitnesses said that about 30 police officers from the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) entered the building.

The raid took place upon the suspicion of money laundering through passive gambling accounts to private bank accounts, as well as the suspicious recruitment of an unknown assistant allegedly hired by Barczi and several suspicious contracts, according to Aktuality.sk.

Police are checking why Tipos allowed the players to send money from their gambling accounts to private accounts without betting and whether the lottery company was not used for money laundering.

Criminal proceeding launched

The police already confirmed the raid of the Tipos building on Facebook.

“It is the initial phase of a criminal proceeding,” they added, without providing any further details.

The Finance Ministry is concerned by the situation in Tipos, as it told the TASR newswire. It did not want to further comment on the matter.

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