Malta Gaming Authority pens new Memorandum of Understanding with police

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the island’s police force in a move to minimise illegal gambling activities in the industry.

The MoU, which will see the MGA and the police collaborate with one another, will place an emphasis upon the exchange of information regarding gaming operations as well as information on potential operations where intervention is needed.

“Apart from having a closer collaboration, through this MoU, both parties are also agreeing to share their respective knowledge and to formally provide technical training to each other,” MGA chief executive Heathcliff Farrugia explained.

“This agreement is a testament to the ongoing efforts of the two entities in continuing their fight against illegal gaming activities in Malta.”

The regulator has been increasingly cracking down on illegal gambling activities in recent years, having recently revoked Wish Me Luck Ltd’s gaming licence. A number of other operators, including Neptune Entertainment and Triton Gaming, also had their licences cancelled earlier in the year for being in contravention with the island’s gaming laws.

Police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar added: “The signing of this MoU with the MGA is one in a string of initiatives which the Malta Police Force under my charge has embarked upon over the past months aimed at combating criminality in general whilst it goes to show our strong commitment to tackle two of the most challenging crime categories, namely financial and computer-related crime.”

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