UK: Betfred to pay over £800,000 following licence review


June 14, 2016

Betfred will pay more than £800,000 in compensation and in contribution towards socially responsible causes as part of a regulatory settlement following a licence review.

This payment follows failures by the operator in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility policies.

The Gambling Commission’s investigation follows a court case that resulted in a Betfred customer being jailed for three years and four months after admitting to stealing from his employer. A significant proportion of the stolen money was spent with Betfred.

Under the terms of the settlement, £443,000 will be paid to the victims of the criminal activities. A further £344,500 will be paid, in lieu of a financial penalty, to socially responsible causes, agreed with the Commission. Betfred will also meet the Commission’s investigation costs.

In addition, under the settlement, Betfred must conduct an independent third party review and audit of its anti-money laundering and social responsibility policies and procedures. This will include customer due diligence, enhanced due diligence and on-going monitoring practices.