Australia Blocks Three More Gambling Sites, Others Named in Tory Betting Probe

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Gilbert Horowitz
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More Named in Tory Gambling Probe

The UK Gambling Commission is reportedly investigating other people linked to the Conservatives or government who allegedly placed bets on a July election.

Tony Lee, the party’s director of campaigns, and his wife Laura Saunders who is also running for the Conservatives in the General Election, were already named in the investigation. 

Craig Williams, who was the Prime Minister’s parliamentary private secretary and is the Conservative candidate for Montgomeryshire, was also named as part of the probe.

The party’s chief data officer, Nick Mason, is the latest Tory to be investigated in the growing scandal.

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said: “I can’t believe people at the top of the Conservative Party are doing this and have allowed this to happen.” Betting cheats can be jailed for up to two years under the Gambling Act.

A spokesperson for the Gambling Commission said: “The Gambling Commission regulates gambling in the interests of consumers and the wider public.

"Currently the Commission is investigating the possibility of offences concerning the date of the election. This is an ongoing investigation, and the Commission cannot provide any further details at this time.

"We are not confirming or denying the identity of any individuals involved in this investigation."


Australian Regulator Orders ISPs to Block Three More Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites

A Big Candy, Jackpoty, and John Vegas Casino are the latest online gambling websites to be blocked by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for operating without a license.

These websites offer online casino games without the necessary licenses required to operate legally in Australia. "ACMA is reminding consumers that even if a service looks legitimate, it’s unlikely to have important customer protections,” the authority stated. “This means Australians who use illegal gambling services risk losing their money.”

Since it began issuing blocking requests in November 2019, the regulator has blocked a total of 995 illegal gambling and affiliate websites. A total of 31 sites have been blocked so far this year.


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