Five figure bill for illegal supplier as Commission turns the screw on unlicensed gaming machine businesses
Date: 13 August 2010
Following the conviction of an illegal supplier of gaming
machines, the Gambling Commission (the Commission) has once more
warned that it will prosecute those who persist in supplying gaming
The warning follows the successful prosecution under section
242(1) of the Gambling Act 2005, at Bootle Magistrates' Court this
week. Peter Croome, aged 32 of Southport, pleaded
guilty to 24 counts of making gaming machines available for
use without an operating licence.
The court imposed a fine of £2,700 as well as awarding £10,000
costs to the Commission. The court also ordered that £2,130 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
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities
are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in
Great Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting,
which are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and
the Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. Full details of operating licence requirements
can be found in the gaming machine section of the
- 4. A number of other investigations of suspected illegal
machine supply have been pursued leading to two prosecutions, seven
criminal cautions with a number of previously unlicensed suppliers
being required to get a licence.
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.