Australian Police hand Bet365 and Ladbrokes investigation to Interpol

Australian Police hand Bet365 and Ladbrokes investigation to Interpol

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Authorities have received complaints about live phone betting

Interpol has been asked to investigate the betting operations of Bet365 and Ladbrokes.

According to The Australian newspaper, the international criminal liaison body was contacted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), which does not have jurisdiction over the two companies’ overseas-based live-betting operations. The AFP itself began to look into Bet365, Ladbrokes and William Hill following a complaint by the regulatory Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA).

The ACMA launched its investigation earlier this year following accusations that bookmakers were side-stepping laws that require live bets to be made via phonecalls. The complaint was that the operators’ systems were merely checking if a customer’s microphone was on - so as to constitute a ‘phone call’ - which ACMA believes is illegal.

“The AFP has evaluated the matter and as the URL is hosted overseas the matter has been forwarded to the relevant foreign law-enforcement agencies,” the AFP wrote to one of the complainants.

The AFP letter also confirms the force’s Sydney office is evaluating the legality of William Hill’s Click to Call service because the bookmaker’s site is hosted locally. Ladbrokes has recently taken down its Quickcall feature amid the crackdown on live-betting services. 

Yesterday (Wednesday), the financial intelligence unit Australian Transaction Reports and Analysts Centre (Austrac) filed a civil complaint against Tabcorp alleging the breach of anti money-laundering laws.

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