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633 reports of money laundering filed to Gambling Commission

2 March 2016

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The Gambling Commission has revealed that, over the past year, 633 reports of money laundering were filed to it and the National Crime Agency by bookmakers who suspected the proceeds of crime were being spent on gaming machines.

It has long been suspected that drug barons employ 'cleaners' to launder drug money through high-stakes gambling terminals. But this is the first time that industry data has confirmed this is happening on such a scale.

The Gambling Commission finally released the data - after a one-year battle - in response to a Freedom of Information request for the number of such Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed between April 2014 and March 2015. It may now be best for the Commission to consider how best to identify and prevent future instances of money laundering.

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