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A wake-up call to all regulated firms - Comment on the Gambling Commission fine of £17m for Entain from Martin Cheek at anti-money laundering software provider SmartSearch

Following the record £17m fine of Entain by the Gambling Commission for social responsibility and anti-money laundering (AML) failures, we have a comment from the UK’s leading provider of anti-money laundering software, SmartSearch.  I do hope it’s of interest for your reporting today:

Martin Cheek, managing director at SmartSearch, said: “The commission has been open about its mission to crack down on AML breaches and this eye-watering, record fine is a clear measure of its intent.

“Not only is the fine significant, but the naming and shaming of Entain and its brands Ladbrokes, Coral and Foxy Bingo is a forceful reminder of the reputational damage that accompanies such breaches.

“Most crucially, Entain’s AML breaches came mainly from a lack of due diligence – particularly failures to check sources of funds, failures to carry out robust know your customer checks and a reliance on flawed open-source searches when checks were made.

“These failures should be a wake-up call to all regulated firms to ensure that their AML procedures are robust and serve as a reminder that electronic verification of customers is the most effective way for regulated companies to manage their compliance risks quickly, responsibly and effectively.”