The accusations are running hot and heavy according to reports published by the French press — accusations that have led to the French Judicial Police (DCPJ) raiding another of Paris' prestigious gambling rooms. The raid on Paris' Cercle Cadet happened very early Tuesday morning with at least 10 people taken into custody.
The accusations by French authorities are claiming the management has been involved in embezzlement, fraud, and irregularities that concern the personnel having to do with employment.
This recent raid came about just one month after the world-famous Aviation Club de France was raided.
PokerNews.com contacted the DCPJ press office but was unable to receive confirmation on the how many people were actually taken into custody and what charges they were facing. An unnamed source quoted by AFP reports that Judicial Police arrested fourteen people and the room's president Serge Kasparian along with others in top management were part of the haul.
Supposedly the motivating force behind the raids goes back to July 29th, 2013, when an investigation was started concerning crimes of extortion, money laundering, and embezzlement by organized gangs.
Judges Herve Robert and Serge Tournaire are leading the investigation according to France's newspaper Le Monde. Tournaire has worked on another case where the investigation ended with the closure of two prominent gambling rooms — this leads the public to view him as one of the country's top experts in the field of gambling and organized crime.
The September 16th raid against the Aviation Club de France (ACF) has left the club dark since that date — operations have been suspended. That raid ended with about 12 people being taken into custody and accusations of irregularities in the employment of some of the establishment's personnel, along with money laundering.
ACF employees are trying to raise awareness concerning the closure of the room and the problems it has created for everyone that worked there by organizing daily events aptly named #BringBackAcF since Sunday, October 12th. Those employees are hoping the authorities will let the establishment open the doors and allow business to resume as usual until such time as the accusations are proven to be true. At this time, they are simply accusations.
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