An online casino operator has been hit with £3m in fines and penalties following the Gambling Commission’s investigation into the sector.
Mr Green is the ninth gambling business to face action as part of a regulator probe that has led to more than £20m in penalty packages since 2018.
As part of penalty package Mr Green – part of the William Hill betting empire – will pay £3m to the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms because it failed to have effective procedures aimed at preventing harm and money laundering.
The Gambling Commission’s report said that Mr Green:
- did not carry out social responsibility interaction with a customer who won £50,000, gambled it away and deposited thousands more pounds.
- took ten-year-old evidence of a £176,000 claims pay-out as satisfactory evidence of source of funds (SOF) for a customer who deposited over £1m.
- accepted a photograph of a laptop screen showing currency in dollars on an alleged crypto trading account as adequate SOF.
Richard Watson, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said: “Our investigation uncovered systemic failings in respect of both Mr Green’s social responsibility and AML controls which affected a significant number of customers across its online casinos.
“Consumers in Britain have the right to know that there are checks and balances in place which will help keep them safe and ensure gambling is crime-free – and we will continue to crack down on operators who fail in this area.”
Since the enforcement activity began six operators have surrendered their licence and can no longer transact with consumers in Britain. During the course of investigations into the nine most serious operating licence cases the Commission examined the actions of 22 individual Personal Management Licence holders. Of these, six surrendered their licence, six received a formal warning, one received an advice to conduct, seven are still ongoing and no further action was taken against two.
The Gambling Commission is advising all operators to read the public statement on its website to avoid making the same mistakes as Mr Green – go to https://tinyurl.com/yx6ne9vq