Big ring hosted clients in lux­ury sub­ur­ban homes

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Of­fi­cers of the Greek Po­lice’s or­ga­nized crime unit have smashed a huge crim­i­nal ring that was run­ning an il­le­gal elec­tronic gam­bling ser­vice out of rented lux­ury homes in the south­ern and north­ern sub­urbs of Athens, Al­ter­nate Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day. He said that 128 sus­pects have been ar­rested, mostly Tai­wanese na­tion­als. The crack­down started on Thurs­day fol­low­ing a month-and-a-half long in­ves­ti­ga­tion which cul­mi­nated in the ar­rest of 125 for­eign na­tion­als and three Greeks. The racket’s lead­er­ship is be­lieved to have com­prised 18 peo­ple in­clud­ing a Greek man who works as a real es­tate agent. Of­fi­cers traced the racket’s ac­tiv­i­ties to five rented prop­er­ties from which they con­fis­cated 150,000 eu­ros in cash and com­puter equip­ment. The ring had in­stalled close cir­cuit tele­vi­sions out­side the five homes to mon­i­tor who came in and out of the premises.

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