Tough times ahead for illegal gamers
The Organised Crime Division (OCID) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen activities to tackle money laundering in the industry.
The agreement will see OCID intensifying operations to nab illegal gamers, including carrying out more covert police work.
Head of OCID, Senior Superintendent of Police, Clifford Chambers, says the partnership between the entities will serve to plug revenue leakage within the industry due to illegal gaming, which is estimated at $10 billion annually.
Chairman of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, Gary Peart, in welcoming the partnership, noted that it will serve to assist the Commission with better monitoring and regulation of the sector, and further drive enforcement of the provisions of the amended Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act.
The amendments seek to strengthen and improve the regulatory oversight of the Commission.
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