Dominic Lewis Prosecutes Operator of Unlicensed Casino

Dominic Lewis recently prosecuted, on behalf of the London Borough of Enfield, the owner of an unlicensed casino in North London. 'Big Bluff' - the premises in question - was ostensibly established as a private members' club, but was operated as a commercial poker club, with tournament prizes on occasion running into the tens of thousands of pounds.

Ahmet Melin, the owner of Big Bluff, was convicted after trial of five charges of money laundering. On 3rd June, 2014, he received a sentence of 15 months' imprisonment on each count. A confiscation investigation has now been launched.

This is believed to be the first such prosecution to be brought in the Crown Court under the money laundering provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act rather than under section 37 of the Gambling Act, which created a summary-only offence.

Dominic wrote about the case for Local Government Lawyer.