Illegal gambling operations shut down in the state of Upper Austria following a series of raids done by the Austrian Financial Police.
The Austrian Financial Police have shut down a number of illegal gambling operations in the state of Upper Austria, following a series of raids that saw 38 gaming machines and two poker tables confiscated.
The Financial Police, which operate under the Ministry of Finance and deal with tax and social security fraud, illegal gambling, as well as labour rights and employment regulation violations, targeted six locations in the cities of Linz and Wels.
One of the locations raided, a restaurant, was targeted for the seventh time in seven weeks, with the Financial Police finding unlicensed gaming machines at the venue each time.
Since the end of May, a total of 20 devices have been confiscated from this restaurant alone. On this occasion, the owners had fixed the machines to the floor in an attempt to prevent their being confiscated.
A second location attempted to prevent the police from entering, forcing the authorities to bring in a locksmith, while an employee was reported to the administrative criminal authority for failing to cooperate with the police.
At a third location, in Wels, police discovered an illegal poker tournament, at a restaurant with around 30 people playing on four slots and two poker tables. This saw two individuals, both illegally in the country, arrested.
The investigations against all venues raided ongoing.
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