Two men charged following joint operation
Date: 19 October
Two men have today (19 October) been charged with illegal money
lending offences and providing facilities for gambling without a
The pair aged 72 and 43 were arrested in June of this year in a
joint operation involving the North West Trading Standards illegal
money lending team and the Gambling Commission (the Commission),
supported by Lancashire County Council.
During the operation warrants were executed at two properties in
the city and items, including a substantial amount of cash and
documentation, were seized. The Commission’s involvement in the
investigation centred on suspected illegal gambling relating to
The prosecution is being led by the North West Trading Standards
illegal money lending team with advice from the Commission. The two
men were charged with nine offences in total under the Proceeds of
Crime Act 2002, the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and the Gambling Act
2005. They have been bailed and will appear before Preston
Magistrates’ Court at 9.30am on Tuesday 2nd November.
FURTHER UPDATE: A trial
date has been set for 11 June 2012.
Notes to editors
- 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 Great 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. A previous press release with regard to this case is
- 4. Nationally the Trading Standards illegal money lending teams
have secured nearly 80 years worth of prison sentences for illegal
money lending and related offences, seized and confiscated £2.5
million and written off debt to the value of £25 million. For
more information see www.direct.gov.uk/stoploansharks
or call (0300) 555 2222.
You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.