The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has issued a statement confirming that the ex-Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jason Farrugia and his wife have been charged in court with several financial offences.
Moreover, the former MGA compliance officer Iosif Galea was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant for alleged tax evasion while he was vacationing in Italy with a group of people, including Joseph Muscat, Malta's former Prime Minister.
Farrugia faces money laundering, accepting bribes, fraud and trading in influence charges, which he and his wife deny, but a bail application was rejected.
The authority made the following statement: "The MGA would like to clarify that the employment relationship with Mr Farrugia was terminated in December 2021 following an internal investigation initiated by the MGA into alleged wrongdoings by the same individual. The results of these investigations were passed on to the relevant Authorities and the MGA has been, and remains, at their disposal and providing all required assistance. In the meantime, the MGA continues to take all the necessary steps to ensure the integrity of its data."
For the case of Galea, it added: "The MGA would like to clarify that Mr Galea has not been employed with the Authority since March 2013. Mr Galea held the role of compliance officer between December 2007 and March 2013."