Former NCA chief to head new gambling AML group

Former NCA chief to head new gambling AML group

Monday, February 8, 2016 Totally Gaming
Keith Bristow wants to improve standards in the sector

The UK’s Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group (GAMLG) has appointed Keith Bristow, the former director-general of the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), as its first chairman.

The organisation, which was formed last month, has been created to improve the gambling industry’s ability to combat money laundering, and its membership so far includes the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB).

Bristow, formerly Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, became the NCA’s first director-general in 2013 and departed the post in January.

“I have been impressed by the commitment of the gambling industry to tackle money laundering,” Bristow said. “However, the industry acknowledges that there is more to be done.

“As chair of the GAMLG, I will work constructively with the industry to continue to drive up standards and, when necessary, robustly challenge current policy and practice. By making it even more difficult for criminals to exploit the gambling industry, we will make a real contribution to the protection of UK businesses and communities.”

GAMLG is modelled on the financial services industry’s Joint Money Laundering Steering Group, and will seek to raise standards in the sector by producing, in collaboration with the Gambling Commission, good practice guidelines.

Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the RGA, added: “As the government’s national risk assessment has shown, gambling per se is considered low risk. However, we all accept there are risks that we must recognise and address. GAMLG will help us to identify and promote best practice to ensure that we deal with these threats consistently and effectively.
“I am delighted that Keith accepted our invitation to become GAMLG chairman. His appointment reflects how seriously we take these issues and, knowing him as I do, there is no doubt that he will very much hold us to account.”

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