In a scandal that has rocked the Uruguayan government, the head regulators of casinos and lotteries in the country have been formally charged with fraud and extortion over alleged mis-management of state-owned casinos in Montevideo during 2000 and 2005. Both men will face custodial sentences if found guilty.The scandal has leapt to the top of the New Year political agenda in Uruguay with the Frente Amplio coalition government of President Tabaré Vasquez under severe pressure to distance itself from the allegedly fraudulent conduct of government officials charged with administering state-owned casinos in the city of Montevideo during 2000 and 2005.
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