Former MGA CEO faces probe into buying and selling in affect with on line casino proprietor
Heathcliff Farrugia allegedly communicated with Yorgen Fenech over rival on line casino operators
ormer Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) CEO Heathcliff Farrugia is dealing with prison expenses following an investigation into buying and selling in affect with on line casino proprietor Yorgen Fenech.
Farrugia was charged again in January, Instances of Malta studies. The investigation and court docket motion in opposition to the previous gaming regulator have been saved below wraps because the details of the case put Malta’s gaming trade in a foul mild.
Farrugia resigned in October final 12 months shortly after he was questioned by police over his communication with Fenech, who served as CEO of Tumas Gaming and the Portomaso On line casino. Karl Brincat Peplow, the chief officer in control of authorisation, had additionally resigned.
Police sources informed Instances of Malta that Farrugia was discovered to have communicated “at some size” with Fenech. The communication is known to incorporate commercially delicate data regarding rival on line casino operators, in addition to a dialogue on an anti-money laundering inspection that was carried out on Fenech’s Portomaso On line casino.
The knowledge emerges from an in-depth evaluation of Fenech’s telephone, which was seized by police investigators when he was arrested in 2019 over allegedly commissioning the homicide of investigative journalist Caruana Galizia.