Czech gov’t having no luck collecting online gambling fines

The Czech Republic is pushing back against local media claims of the government’s inability to punish online gambling operators that serve local punters without a local license.

On Thursday, Czech media outlet E15 published a report detailing the Ministry of Finance’s inability to collect on fines imposed on internationally licensed online gambling operators who’ve failed to acquire a local license following the market’s regulatory revamp that took hold on January 1, 2017.

According to E15, the Ministry imposed 24 fines totaling CZK455m (US$20.4m) since the launch of the regulated market, but has to date collected only CZK240k ($10,750). The article says the paltry sum collected is due to the Ministry’s lack of any real tools to compel companies with no physical presence in the country to cough up the dough.

The Ministry responded to the article through a statement that acknowledged the difficulties in trying to force “operators based in the Caribbean, for example” to ship their outstanding fine payments across the pond.

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