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Guidance

Duties and responsibilities under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

This advice explains how operators can make sure they and their employees comply with their obligations under The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).

1 - Purpose of the advice

All gambling operators have a responsibility to keep financial crime out of gambling. The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) (link opens in a new window) places an obligation on gambling operators to be alert to attempts by customers to gamble money acquired unlawfully, either to obtain legitimate or 'clean' money in return (and, in doing so, attempting to disguise the criminal source of the funds) or simply using criminal proceeds to fund gambling. Both modes of operation are described as money laundering.

This advice document explains how operators can make sure they and their employees comply with their obligations under POCA. It sets out a number of matters operators need to be aware of and explains their duties and responsibilities under POCA.

While the advice focuses primarily on the relationship between operators and their customers, and the money laundering risks presented by transactions with customers, operators should also give due consideration to the money laundering risks posed by their business-to-business relationships, including any third parties they contract with. (See code provision 1.1.2)

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