End of last year, the parent companies of BetCity (Betent B.V.) and Kansino (Play North Limited) received an official notice from the Dutch Gaming Authority for violations of the Dutch Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act (Wet ter voorkoming van witwassen en financieren van terrorisme – Wwft).
The online casinos received these notices because investigations showed that players are losing a lot of money without a proper investigating of the origin of it. Also, not all cases were reported to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). BetCity and Kansino were given three months to comply with the designation received in November 2022; if the casinos did not sufficiently comply with the designation, they were subject to a penalty payment.
Now the Dutch regulator concluded that the gambling sites had committed three violations of the Wwft Act.
The three main points were as follows:
As far as it is known, neither of them has received a penalty payment to date. Moreover, BetCity was fined €400,000 in April 2023 for sending advertising to young adults.
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