Kindred Group is considering an appeal after its Spooniker subsidiary received a warning and sanction fee of SEK 10.9 million ($10.3 million) from the Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA). The penalty was handed out due to alleged shortcomings in the company's work against money laundering and financing of terrorism.
According to the SGA, Kindred has failed in its Enhanced Due Diligence requirements and has not taken sufficient measures to assess the risk of its services being used for money laundering and terrorist financing.
The investigations undertaken by the SGA relate to the period from January 2019 to February 2022. However, since 2021 Kindred has implemented several improvements to further strengthen its processes, the company noted. These include:
"Kindred fully shares the SGA's ambition to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. Anti-money laundering (AML) is a priority in Kindred's compliance and sustainability framework," the company said.
"Kindred would welcome increased clarity from the SGA and the legislation on what objective and effective AML risk parameters should be considered when assessing a customer's risk profile," the operator further stated.
Earlier this week, Kindred also announced it was informed by the Norwegian Gaming Authority that the regulator has decided to reinstate a "coercive" fine against its Maltese subsidiary Trannel International, despite changes Kindred claims it has undertaken.
"Kindred Group disagrees with the legal basis for the non-enforceable fine and will continue to challenge this in the courts," the group said. "Despite these changes and Trannel's clear communication to the contrary, the NGA incorrectly claims that Trannel's offering still targets Norwegian residents and has therefore decided to reinstate the coercive fine."