Two members of the Bulgarian gambling regulatory agency have been charged with involvement in organized crime that was being overseen by one Vasil Bozhkov.
This past Tuesday, local media stated that the specialized Criminal Court had filed charges of organized crimes against the former chair of the state commission on Gambling, one Alexander Georgiev as well as Todor Markov, who was the head of the monitoring department at the commission.
Persecutors wanted to hold both in their custody but the court asked to have them held under house arrest. They were also ordered not to be in contact with the commission’s officials as the courts decides their fate.
Although previous reports show that Georgiev had received favors from Bozhkov in exchange for a favorable treatment, his lawyers stated that the authorities’ assessment of his time at the helm of the gambling commission had come up with no irregularities. In addition, Markov denied being acquainted with Bozhkov or any of his contacts.
At the beginning of this month, Ognemir Mitev, the chair of the commission before Georgiev took over was accused of receiving close to €5000 each day from Vasil Bozhkov in exchange for turning a blind eye to gambling operations by Bozhkov that under paid their taxes. In addition, Mitev under suspicion of considering revoking the licenses of Bozhkov’s competitors.
The Nation Television in Bulgaria reported that the prosecution was preparing a separate charge sheet for attempted murder against Vasil Bozhkov, which it thinks was related to competitions in the gambling space.
This past week, parliament passed a legislation that would ban private lotteries. In addition, the gambling commission issued a reminder to all gambling operators of their obligation to pay taxes.