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September 19, 2021

The court imposed a fine of us$ 4215 as well as awarding us$ 15,613 costs

UK: Gambling Commission to prosecute illegal suppliers of gaming machines

(UK).- Following the conviction of an illegal supplier of gaming machines, the Gambling Commission has warned that it will prosecute those who persist in supplying gaming machines illegally. The warning follows the successful prosecution under section 242(1) of the Gambling Act 2005, at Bootle Magistrates' Court last week.


he court found Peter Croome guilty of 24 counts of making gaming machines available for use without an operating licence. It imposed a fine of us$ 4215 as well as awarding us$ 15,613 costs to the Commission. The court also ordered that us$ 3,325 seized from Peter Croome to be forfeit along with 20 gaming machines - all of which will be destroyed.

Following the case the Commission's Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk, said: "It's in everyone's interest to put a stop to the illegal supply of gaming machines which benefits criminals at a cost to both society at large and the legitimate gambling industry.

"This case demonstrates the Commission’s determination to pursue those who supply illegal gaming machines and shows that we will use our prosecution powers when necessary."

Operators of businesses who have any doubt about the legality of where a gaming machine is sited, or have suspicions about gaming machines that have been offered to them, can contact the Commission in confidence on 0121 230 6655. A register of machine suppliers licensed by the Commission is updated daily and published on the Commission's website.

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