Gangtok, July 23
The Enforcement Directorate provisionally attached immovable properties of Santiago Martin, who is known as lottery king, worth Rs 119 crores in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the agency said on Monday. The properties include flats and plots, the ED added.
The case pertains to Sikkim Lottery Scam in which Martin and his associates alleged made illegal profits of Rs 910.3 crore between April 2009 and August 2010 by allegedly cheating the state government.
Martin and his associates signed an agreement with officials in Sikkim in violation of existing rules to practically run the Sikkim State Lottery and avoid the remittance of the face value of the lottery tickets to the government. They also inflated the claims of prize-winning tickets, the ED said in a press release.
The ED initiated investigation against Martin and his firm after the CBI registered a case and filed a charge sheet.