myThe money laundering and betting scandal shakes Greek sport. As reported on Monday afternoon by the private Athens television channel “Open TV”, the Athens anti-money laundering authority, headed by prosecutor Charalambos Vourliotis, has uncovered a nationwide criminal organization. It is said to have been active since 2012. About 60 people are involved in the case, including, according to the broadcaster, former national footballers and renowned coaches, as well as representatives of the Greek professional football leagues Super League 1 and 2, as well as several amateur clubs.

According to “Open TV”, the starting point was the murder of Greek businessman Jannis Makris in 2018. Makris was a Greek who had lived for a long time in Australia. There is a large community of Greek origin there. According to Greek media reports, Makris, nicknamed “the Australian”, was involved in drug deals during his stay in Australia. He was officially considered a businessman. He was shot dead in a car outside his property in the exclusive Athens suburb of Voula on October 31, 2018.

This time, the focus was on people who had worked closely with Makris, according to the report. The anti-money laundering authority's investigations targeted most betting companies operating in Greece. According to the investigation results available so far, more than one billion euros of illegal money have been laundered through illegal betting. This not only affected illegal betting on football matches, but also other sports such as chess.

Eleven people found guilty

Once the investigation was completed, the 200-page Vourliotis report was already sent to the Greek police authorities, reports “Open TV”. It describes in detail all the complicated paths of black money in countless illegal transactions.

Greek professional soccer was rocked by a betting scandal last decade. It affected dozens of matches in the Greek professional leagues. The criminal investigation into the case dubbed “Koriopolis” by the media – a play on the 2006 Italian betting scandal known as “Calciopoli” and the Greek word for “listen” – lasted about eight years and ended in January 2019 in the second instance. before the Court of Appeal of Athens.

Of the more than one hundred original suspects and defendants, 26 people eventually had to appear before the Athens appeal court. Only eleven people involved in illegal gambling were found guilty. All received suspended sentences. The highest prison sentence was imposed on a former club owner. However, he was able to avoid his 27-month prison sentence by paying five euros a day, that is, a total of 4,100 euros. In addition, the eleven convicts were refunded the deposit they had previously paid.

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