Five ac­cused of gam­ing fraud

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An Athens pros­e­cu­tor yes­ter­day brought fraud charges against the owner of the In­tra­com telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems and tech­nol­ogy group, Sokratis Kokkalis, and an­other four mem­bers of the com­pany’s sub­sidiary In­tralot and state gam­ing op­er­a­tor OPAP over ac­cu­sa­tions that the five de­frauded the state out of tens of mil­lions of eu­ros in a 2007 deal in­volv­ing gam­ing ter­mi­nals.

Pros­e­cu­tor Eleni Raikou brought crim­i­nal charges of breach of faith against the five de­fen­dants in con­nec­tion to In­tralot’s pro­vi­sion of tech­nol­ogy to OPAP.

Ac­cord­ing to the con­tract signed in 2007, the tech­nol­ogy was worth 96 mil­lion eu­ros but OPAP ended up pay­ing around 300 mil­lion eu­ros for it.

The or­der for the gam­ing ter­mi­nals orig­i­nally had been sub­ject to an in­ter­na­tional ten­der but the competition was called off pre­ma­turely af­ter two of­fi­cials on the ten­der com­mit­tee re­signed. In­tralot was then di­rectly as­signed the con­tract even though of­fers by three com­pa­nies had been deemed com­pe­tent.

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