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Smarkets fined by UK Gambling Commission for AML and Social Responsibility Failings

UKGC fines Smarket
UK Gambling Commission fined Smarkets for allowing Customers to deposit £395K in four months with no funds checks source.
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UK Gambling Commission fined Smarkets for allowing Customers to deposit £395K in four months with no funds checks source.


Smarkets, an online gambling operator, has been fined by the UK Gambling Commission the sum of £630,000, amounting to $762,718, following an investigation that revealed social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures. The Gambling Commission’s reports state that Smarkets allowed users and customers to wager without submitting all to-date proof on the source of funds.

 

The brand also failed to notice and identify customers with the potential of the possible harm from gambling. The Commission has put forward a formal warning to the company that it must also undergo a full audit to ensure that the correct social responsibility and AML rules and regulations are followed diligently by the staff of Smarkets.

 

Investigation reports show the default.


The investigation carried out by the organ shows that one customer was allowed to deposit £395,000, amounting to $477,912, in four months without a proper source of funds declaration. Another customer also fails the test by transferring a large sum of cash between bank accounts and player accounts without appropriate checks and implementing the rules.

 

Sarah Gardner, the Commission Deputy CEO, stated this about the investigation:

“This case was brought to notice through compliance checks, and we highlight actions against gambling providers who fail their customers. Our investigation into Smarkets birthed several failures on customers’ risks to gambling harm.

It was clear that poor system checks and processes were done, which brought about the breaches, driven by the brand’s failure to efficiently implement its policies and controls on the customer’s account.” —- Sarah Gardner —- UK Commission Deputy CEO —-

 

Others who faulted the laws were fined.


The faulting of providers has been checked in recent times by the UK Commission, and everyone who faults faces the music. LeoVegas was fined £1.32M for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failings earlier this month. The Commission hasn’t relented on a proper check to avoid this menace in the future.

 

The rules and regulations of the Commission are easy to follow if you engage your staff vigorously on the need to make offering a better brand as put forward by the Commission’s ethics.

 

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