Unlicensed bookie is fined nearly £20k


A man from Preston who ran illegal money lending and gambling businesses has been forced to forfeit nearly £20,000. Preston Magistrates Court ordered the forfeiture of the cash having deemed it to have been obtained through unlawful conduct and hence the proceeds of crime.

Last July James Alston Senior aged 74 was convicted of charges of illegal money lending, money laundering and possessing criminal property from the proceeds of acting as an unlicensed money lender and unlicensed bookmaker.

Alston Senior was sentenced to 18 months in prison and his son, James Alston Junior was sentenced to 12 months in prison. They were investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with the Gambling Commission and Lancashire Trading Standards. Neither had a licence to lend money from the Office of Fair Trading or a licence to provide facilities for gambling.

Nick Tofiluk, Director of Regulatory Operations (pictured) said:

“The Gambling Commission will pursue criminal proceeds from those who seek to benefit from gambling at the expense of the consumer and the legitimate licensed industry and we welcome this award.”

The England Illegal Money Lending Team have also begun a financial investigation under Proceeds of Crime legislation in respect of both men.

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