Italian authorities set to target illegal gambling operations

Italian authorities set to target illegal gambling operations

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Italian tax authorities are to launch an investigation into illegal gambling operations in the country.

Authorities will inspect all forms of gambling within the Italian market to uncover any illegal gambling rooms that do not hold a license issued by the Autonomous Administration of the State Monopolies (AAMS) national regulatory body.

Those operators and customers that are found to be involved with illegal activities will be issued with immediate fines, the government has announced.

The investigation has been commissioned shortly after the Italian Council of Ministers was presented with a document entitled ‘Report on Tax Evasion’, which encouraged further action over suspicious transactions on illegal gambling websites in the country.

The measures outlined in the report, which are due to be submitted to the Italian Parliament and enacted into law, will require cooperation with other Italian authorities as well as European Union member states.

In other news concerning the Italian market, online gaming operator PKR has announced its withdrawal from the country.

PKR said in a note to its affiliates that it had opted to exit the market as it is no longer viable to continue operating in the country.

Customers in Italy will still be able to access their PKR accounts to withdraw any remaining funds they may have.

In a message to customers, PKR said: “We will now focus our efforts on markets which can more efficiently drive our business forward.”

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