Chinabank Payments Fined $4.2 Million for Links to Gambling Sites

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This week the Chinese government issued a heavy RMB29.4 million fine on Internet Banking Online (Beijing) Technology Co Ltd, operating as Chinabank Payments, for having links to unauthorized online betting sites.

The service was found to have been helping Chinese citizens transfer money out of the country in order to facilitate online gambling transactions. The violation occurred from 2017 to 2018, and were located in the likes of Cambodia. The company has acknowledged the lapses, and have taken steps to rectify the situation.

This explanation didn't get the company out of trouble though, as they were handed the stiff fine and likely received behind-the-scenes sanctions as well. The Chinese government has been working to clamp down on illegal gambling, and while their efforts seem to have been mostly fruitless, they're still on the warpath and will try to make things as difficult for punters as possible.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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13 December 2019 - 12:00pm

Quite a fine that, isn't it!?

But of course the Chinese government has the full right to enforce this sanction, but the most important question is whether they'd be able to prevent that instead of just fining violators...the Kingston article suggests they won't.