UKGC penalises Boylesports £2.8m and adds tougher licence conditions


The UK Gambling Commission has imposed a series of tougher licence conditions on Boylesports, as well as issuing an official warning and a £2.8m financial penalty, after an assessment revealed a series of money laundering failures.

This follows an investigation undertaken by the regulator, which found that Boylesports Enterprise had breached rules aimed at preventing money laundering on its and websites.

The investigation revealed that the operator failed to have an appropriate money laundering risk assessment in place, as well as discovering that its anti-money laundering policies, procedures and controls were unsuitable and therefore could not be implemented effectively. The probe also revealed that the firm failed to comply with elements of the Money Laundering Regulations.

Licence conditions added to Boylesports Enterprise licence include:

  • Maintaining the appointment of an appropriately qualified money laundering reporting officer who holds a personal management licence, and, in appointing the MLRO, ensure that the individual undertakes annual refresher training in AML and be able to evidence this to the Commission.
  • Ensuring that all PML holders, senior management and key control staff undertake outsourced anti-money laundering training. All such staff must undertake outsourced refresher training annually thereafter.
  • Continuing its review of the effectiveness and implementation of its AML policies, procedures and controls.

Richard Watson, executive director at the Gambling Commission, said: “It is vital that all gambling businesses have effective anti-money laundering policies and procedures firmly in place and as part of our ongoing drive to raise standards we will continue to take tough action against operators who do not.”