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Nichola Aitken

Account number

34336

Head office address

Glenbervie Mews, Bluebell Wood, Stirling Road, Torwood,
LARBET, FK5 4ZQ, United Kingdom

Regulatory actions

Sanction
What is a sanction?

When a licence holder has not followed rules and regulations aimed at ensuring gambling is fair, safe and crime-free, we can take action and impose the following sanctions:

  • Give the licensee a warning
  • Add, remove, or amend a condition to the licence
  • Suspend a licence
  • Revoke a licence
  • Impose a financial penalty

Decision date: 6 September 2021

Outcomes: Financial penalty

Details of action

‘The Commission found that Nichola Aitken t/a Regency Racing (the Licensee), was operating in breach of a specific condition attached to its ancillary remote operating licence which states:

“This licence is subject to the conditions that:

(c) with regards the provision of facilities for betting in circumstances in which each bet made or accepted pursuant to this licence occurs only by means of a telephone or by email, the licensee may only generate an annual gross gambling yield

(i) which is less than the annual gross gambling yield generated by activities authorised by the non-remote operating licence, and

(ii) does not in any event exceed £550,000.”

In line with the Commission’s Licensing, compliance and enforcement policy statement, the Indicative sanctions guidance and the Statement of principles for determining financial penalties, the Commission has decided to impose a financial penalty of £12,000 under section 121(1) of the Gambling Act 2005.

The Licensee has co-operated with the Commission throughout the investigation’.

Sanction
What is a sanction?

When a licence holder has not followed rules and regulations aimed at ensuring gambling is fair, safe and crime-free, we can take action and impose the following sanctions:

  • Give the licensee a warning
  • Add, remove, or amend a condition to the licence
  • Suspend a licence
  • Revoke a licence
  • Impose a financial penalty

Decision date: 6 September 2021

Outcomes: Warning, Financial penalty and Warning

Details of action

Following a review of the operating licence undertaken against Nichola Aitken t/a Regency Racing (the Licensee), the Commission found that the Licensee:

• breached paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Licence Condition 12.1.1 Anti-money laundering - Prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing

• breached Licence Condition 15.3.1 - General and regulatory returns

• breached Social responsibility code provision 3.1.1 - Combating problem gambling

• breached Social responsibility code provision 3.4.1 - Customer Interaction

• breached Social responsibility code provision 3.5.6 - Self Exclusion

• breached Social responsibility code provision 6.1.1 - Complaints and disputes

• failed to comply with Ordinary code provision 2.1.2 - Anti-money laundering - other than casino

In line with the Commission’s Licensing, compliance and enforcement policy statement, the Indicative sanctions guidance and the Statement of principles for determining financial penalties, the Commission has decided to:

• impose a warning under section 117(a) of the Gambling Act 2005, and

• impose a financial penalty of £25,000.00.

The Licensee has co-operated with the Commission throughout the investigation.

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