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Widespread UKGC regulator action results in further £4.5m in penalties for online gambling sector

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Four gambling businesses are to pay a total of £4.5m in penalty packages as part of the Gambling Commission’s ongoing investigation into the online casino sector.

InTouch Games Limited will pay £2.2m, Betit Operations Limited will pay £1.4m, and MT Secure Trade will pay £700,000 in lieu of financial penalties, and BestBet will pay a financial penalty of £230,972.

The penalty packages relate to the businesses failings to put in place effective safeguards to prevent money laundering and keep consumers safe from gambling harm.

The penalty packages form part of an ongoing investigation into the online casino sector. Over the last 18 months the regulator has conducted assessments of, or engaged with, 123 online operators – and of the 45 told to submit an action plan to raise standards 38 have already showed signs of improvement. A further 34 were compliant with standards expected by the Commission or had minor issues which have been, or are in the process of being, remedied.

Since the investigation began five operators have surrendered their licence and can no longer transact with consumers in Britain. In November 2018 three companies paid nearly £14m in penalty packages as result of their failings to put in place effective safeguards to prevent money laundering and keep consumers safe from gambling-related harm.

Richard Watson, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said: “We have been working hard to raise standards in the online industry to ensure that gambling is crime-free and that the one in five people in Britain who gamble online every month can do so safely.

“But our work will not stop here. As a regulator, we will continue to set and enforce standards that the industry must comply with to protect consumers.

“We expect operators to know their customers and to ask the right questions to make sure they meet their anti-money laundering and social responsibility obligations.”

Read InTouch Games Limited public statement

Read Betit Operations Limited public statement

Read MT Secure Trade public statement

Read BestBet Limited public statement

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Spelinspektionen Blocks Relaunch of Ninja Casino in Sweden

Niji Narayan

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Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has blocked the relaunch of Ninja Casino in Sweden.

An application was submitted to Spelinspektionen following a license transfer by the owners of Ninja Casino to another company, who already had a license granted.

However, following “serious violations” of gambling laws in Sweden, the regulator deemed it “highly inappropriate” that such re-launch attempt had taken place between Global Gaming and Viral Interactive.

“[It was] highly inappropriate that Viral Interactive Ltd has chosen a collaboration involving two players who have committed serious violations,” Spelinspektionen said.

Following the rejection, the gambling authority stated that Viral Interactive and Global Gaming’s running of Ninja Casino did not meet gaming operation requirements to ensure “controlled and security assured forms.”

“It is noteworthy that the Swedish Gambling Authority, after almost five months of deliberation, chooses to reject Viral Interactive’s application to add Ninjacasino.se. Viral Interactive cannot in any way be regarded as a party in the legal procedure currently in place between SafeEnt and the Swedish Gambling Authority and cannot be held responsible for any marketing previously conducted by Elec Games,” Tobias Fagerlund of Global Gaming said.

“It is obvious to me that there is a lot of prestige in the Swedish Gambling Authority’s decision and that the Swedish Gambling Authority continues to make questionable decisions which in our opinion lack clear support in the legislation,” Tobias Fagerlund added.

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Stakelogic Receives ISO 27001 Certification

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Stakelogic has received ISO 27001 certification for its best-practice information security management systems.

To receive the accreditation, Stakelogic was subjected to an independent, expert assessment of its data protection practices and procedures which were found to meet the gold standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

The accreditation means that operators that integrate Stakelogic’s games, and the players that play them, can be certain that the popular developer’s information security management systems are among the most secure in the industry.

“We are very proud to have secured ISO 27001 accreditation as it is the formalisation of our excellent policies and procedures on data security management. The accreditation means that operators and players can be certain that any information that passes through our systems is being protected to the highest possible standards. We believe this marks us out as one of the most reputable developers in the industry,” Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic, said.

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Two Members of Bulgaria’s Gambling Commission Face Organised Crime Charges

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A current and former member of Bulgaria’s Gambling Commission have been charged with involvement in an organised crime group allegedly headed by Vassil Bozhkov.

Plamen Georgiev was a member of the commission at the time that it was headed by Ognemir Mitev, who is reported to be among those taken into custody in a succession of prosecutors’ raids on the commission. Todor Markov has headed the control activities department since 2019.

The Specialised Criminal Court declined an application by prosecutors to remand Georgiev and Markov in custody, and ordered them into house arrest. The court ordered Georgiev and Markov not to contact officials at the Gambling Commission so as not to influence the investigation.

Reports quoted the prosecutor’s office as saying that, including Bozhkov, eight people had been the subject of criminal charges so far. Twenty-five witnesses have been questioned in the investigation into Bozhkov’s alleged organised crime group.

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