Unemployed man who gambled €0.5m in casinos faces money laundering charges

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A 46-year-old man was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to money laundering charges after playing around €500,000 in cash in a number of Maltese casinos over the years.

The man, a Birkirkara resident, is unemployed. The prosecution highlighted that he had one bank account, in which his social security payments were being deposited.

But the police were tipped off to his gambling, which took place over a period of 10 years, leading to his arrest.

The accused chose not to reply to any questions in Court, speaking only to plead not guilty. No request for bail was made.

Magistrate Rachel Montebello upheld a request by the prosecution to freeze the accused’s assets.