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Casino Owners to Jail

By Iceland Review

This morning, the Reykjavík District Court sentenced two men and one woman to jail for running the casino Poker and Play in Skeifan, Reykjavík, between 2000 and 2012, RÚV reports.

One of the men received a 12-month jail sentence, nine of which are suspended. The other man and the woman were sentenced to nine months in jail, six of which are suspended. All three are required to pay their defense costs.

In addition to running the casino, the three were accused of money laundering by receiving, or making a profit of, ISK 171 million (USD 1.3 million; EUR 1.2 million) from running a casino as a business and getting others to participate.

Eight were arrested in a police operation in December of 2012―one of the largest conducted by police in a gambling investigation. Police confiscated ISK 551,500 (USD 4,300; EUR 3,900) in cash, found in a safe and a freezer inside the casino.

Gambling is illegal in Iceland when a third party makes a profit.

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