Over 2,000 machines licensed under BGLC’s amnesty

More than 2,000 unregistered machines have been licensed under the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC's) amnesty.
Chief  Executive Officer of  the BGLC, Vitus Evans, says the amnesty was undertaken in preparation for the new licensing period, which begins this month.
The amnesty, which took place between November 15 and December 31, resulted in the BGLC discovering more than 3,000 illegal gaming machines at over 1,000 locations across Jamaica.
According to Director of  Licensing at the BGLC, Maurice Thompson, the illegal operators were identified by the compliance team in the field.They were mostly located in community bars, hairdressing parlors and restaurants.
Mr. Thompson urged persons with unregistered machines to get regularised, as they could face penalties such as seizure of  the machines.
Operators could also be arrested and charged.

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