Stan James Online Slapped With GBP 80k Penalty

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Nov 3, 2017

For failings in social responsibility and anti-money laundering

Stan James Online has agreed a GBP 80,000 penalty package with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for failures in social responsibility and money laundering.

An investigation by the UKGC centered around a customer who deposited stolen money with Stan James Online between November 2014 and October 2016. The investigation determined that during this time the operator failed to spot problem gambling behaviour and failed to comply with financial requirements aimed at preventing money laundering.

The GBP 80,000 penalty package comprises the return of GBP 40,000 to the person whose money was stolen and gambled away along with a GBP 40,000 financial penalty. In addition, Stan James Online has committed to improving its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes.

The regulatory settlement can be read here:

InfoPowa readers will recall an earlier article in which it was announced Stan James Online’s chief executive officer Denis Kelly will retire from the company after more than ten years of service. The position will be filled by Neil Banbury, head of Kindred Group’s UK Strategy & Finance Operations, in the interim.

Kindred Group will soon abandon the Stan James Online brand having paid GBP 19 million two years ago for the online division of the UK bookmaker (see previous InfoPowa report).

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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