International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited
The Commission commenced a licence review into the actions of International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited ("IMME") on 17 January 2020, as it had concerns IMME was breaching conditions of its licence and that it was unsuitable to carry out the licensed activities. The Commission subsequently suspended the licence on 16 March 2020, and the operator remained suspended throughout the investigation.
The investigation found, in summary:
- failings in IMME’s anti-money laundering (AML) policies, procedures and controls
- failings in its responsible gambling policies, procedures, controls and practices, and
- suitability concerns.
As a result of the findings of that investigation, Officials were minded to revoke the operating license.
IMME decided to challenge officials’ preliminary decision at a Regulatory Panel hearing, which was scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 October 2021. On 22 September 2021 IMME surrendered its operating licence.
In line with our Statement of principles for licensing and regulation and our Licensing, compliance and enforcement under the Gambling Act 2005: policy statement, the Commission decided to determine the facts of the case and publish the findings of the investigation, as we consider that there are wider lessons to be learned by the industry about the failings we identified.
Officials are of the view that, had IMME not surrendered its operating licence, it would have revoked the licence.
Further information about the Commission's investigation can be found on our website.