The Malta Gaming Authority has signed an MoU with Malta police to work towards curbing the growing menace of problem gambling in the country. Malta has already been battling with the illegal gambling operators in the country who not only put customers at risk but also cut into the tax revenues.
The new agreement is to make the cooperation between the police and the gaming authority more effective and also to make the exchange of information and critical inputs seamless.
Talking about the new MoU, Lawrence Cutajar, commissioner of the Maltese police: “In an ever-changing complex world, policing has become more challenging, necessitating the establishment of solid partnerships with other government agencies and NGOs as well as with society in general, this in order to ensure effective law enforcement throughout.
“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 tackling two of the most challenging crime categories, namely financial and computer-related crime.”
The new partnership will help the authorities work with greater ease and efficiency as there are instances where both require to work together, for example, in events involving seizure of objects and cracking down on illegal gambling rings.
Heathcliff Farrugia, MGA chief executive officer, said: “This Memorandum of Understanding will continue to strengthen the good relationship there is between the MGA and the MPF.
“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. This agreement is testament to the ongoing efforts of the two entities in continuing their fight against illegal gaming activities in Malta.”
Earlier last week, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) indefinitely suspended the gaming license of M-hub gaming, the company which operates the online gambling website bigbetworld.com. The gambling operator has been banned from accepting any new wagers, deposits or players on the platform.