Four workers have been suspended by International Game Technology PLC because of an inquiry into suspected corruption by the Italian Judicial Authority.
The company reported in a statement released Thursday, along with its subsidiary Lottomatica Holding S.r.l, that the investigation is also investigating two former Lottomatica employees and individuals close to them who are accused of obtaining unauthorised access to the networks of Lottomatica in order to locate and redeem four winning scratch-off lottery tickets.
IGT reiterated in a statement that it takes the incident ‘extremely seriously’ and that it has been ‘fully cooperative’ with the Judicial Authority every step of the way to facilitate the investigation of the suspected wrongdoing and to completely protect the reputation of its games and the interests of its customers.
As a precautionary measure, as soon as it was aware of the investigation, the company suspended the four staff.
IGT has confirmed that it has allocated substantial resources to help the Judicial Authority conduct an internal inquiry and thoroughly assess the situation. It has also taken timely steps to extensively review its internal structures and processes aimed at preventing and further securing illegal and fraudulent activities.
The company said it is ‘dedicated to meeting its obligations to its regulators as well as its customers, and remains focused on ensuring its business is conducted at the highest levels of integrity’
IGT has indicated that it will continue to cooperate with the full openness of the authorities to support them in their ongoing inquiry into this suspected wrongdoing.