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Tougher Laws for Illegal Gamblers in the Cayman Islands

by Glenn Baird - October 29, 2018

Illegal gambling in the Cayman Islands is likely to be facing stricter sentencing as the country looks to tighten up it gambling bill. The proposed law changes will not just be aimed at the operators but at gamblers as well.

This will be discussed at the next meeting of the Legislative Assembly as changes are considered to the country’s gambling laws that have remained unaltered now since 1964.

An article in the Cayman Compass revealed that proposed amendments to gambling law want to see introduced “fines for the use and ownership of premises for gambling, the publication of lottery numbers and dealing with money resulting from gambling activities would increase from $400 to $10,000, and the maximum prison sentence would increase from one year to three years.”

The Portfolio of Legal Affairs of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service indicated in a press release that there has been an increase in gambling related crime on the island over that last three years, stating that, “These statistics also suggest a strong connection between certain crimes and gambling activities. This is evidenced by the number of reported robberies, including firearm-related robberies, assaults and other violent crimes that have been proven to be gambling related.”

Additionally, anyone caught organising or just taking part in an illegal lottery could be fined up to 5,000 dollars and a year in prison.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.

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