Colombian regulator seizes 871 illegal slot machines in 2020

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Coljuegos, which happens to be Colombian illegal operation regulator after working hand-to-hand with the Fiscal and customs police (POLFA), Colombian national attorney general, and the army, announced that they had seized a total of 871 slot machines in 2020.

There stated that the reason that prompted this action was that these slot machines were operated with approval from necessary bodies.

Coljuegos also revealed that they seized more illegal slot machines in some specific areas when compared to others.

Quindio was one of those areas with more illegal slot machines seized, summing up to a total of 256 slot machines seized.

They also seized 206 illegal slot machines found in Cartagena, while at Barranquilla, 168 machines were sized. The regulatory body was found 110 unapproved slot machines in Medellin.

These unapproved machines were said to have generated an estimated sum of $8.1m in unlicensed revenue.

Coljuegos also disclosed to reporters that more than 90 prosecutions were carried out during the year, all related to illegal gambling activities.

Carlos Andres Zarate, the manager at Coljugos, commended the work carried out by his team during 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic in fighting against unlicensed gambling.

“My team and I managed despite the Covid-19 pandemic to enforce the seizure of several slot machines across the country that were unapproved and operating illegally, translating into unaccounted resources that could have been channeled to the health sector,” Zárate said.

This report came a few weeks after a 15-member national illegal gambling group was shut down after being operated with 62 different URLs alongside gaming services provided by one Malta-based supplier.

The illegal gambling ring called “Los Poker” generated as much COP3bn per month before they were shut down.