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March 31, 2017

TABCORP slammed with AUD$45 million penalty for anti-money laundering violations

23/03/2017/in News /by GRC Solutions


Gambling corporation TABCORP has agreed to pay AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre) a AUD$45 million dollar penalty after failing to comply with anti-money laundering regulations. It’s the largest civil penalty ever in corporate Australia.

Federal Court judge Nye­ Perram yesterday ruled that TABCORP had contravened the Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 108 times over more than five years.

While TABCORP did not deliberately seek to mislead AUSTRAC, it has admitted it failed to report suspicious gambling activities. Examples include failing to identify a customer who won $100,000. TABCORP failed to lodge the appropriate information with the agency in the time required by law.

Another example included “credit betting incidents”, whereby a TABCORP agent approved a line of credit, which is illegal, to a customer.

“The penalty of $45 million sends an unequivocal message to the financial and gambling sectors in this country, if you don’t take your AML (anti-money laundering) and CTF (counter-terrorism financing) obligations seriously, we will take action,” AUSTRAC Chief Executive Paul Jevtovic said on Thursday.

It’s not the first time AUSTRAC has taken action against TABCORP, having previously done so in 2015.

The size of this penalty will be a wakeup call for other companies to take their money laundering and terrorism financing obligations seriously.

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