01/06/16 - UK Gambling Commission Combat Casino Crime
New rules in the UK to tackle crime linked to gambling
Posted on 5 May 2016
New requirements to prevent crime associated with gambling have been announced by the Gambling Commission.
The new rules – which will come into force later this year – follow a Commission consultation that took place at the end of 2015.
As part of the changes, gambling operators:
- must conduct an assessment of the risks of money laundering in their business, and show that they have effective policies, procedures and measures to mitigate these
- must report to the Commission any criminal investigations involving them or their premises where it appears their measures to keep crime out of gambling have failed
- should impose terms and conditions to prevent employees from taking advantage of suspicious or irregular betting patterns.
Nick Tofiluk, Commission director of regulation, said: “Britain’s gambling industry needs to focus on keeping crime out of gambling and these new requirements will help them do just that.
“We are urging all operators who supply products to consumers in Britain to read our document on the changes thoroughly and ensure their businesses are ready for when they come into force in the autumn.
“Along with ensuring their products are fair and open and children and vulnerable people are protected, preventing crime associated with gambling should be extremely high on every operator’s agenda.
“These new requirements encourage licensees to take a proactive and tailored approach to meeting their obligations to achieve meaningful results rather than focusing on processes alone.”
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