Austria Issues €2.8 Million in Fines in H1

This week it was revealed that Austria's Bundesministerium Finanzen (financial police) has issued €2.8 million in fines due to breaches in the Gambling Act during the first half of the year.

The total coming in was up 200$ from the €1.4 million in penalties that the force issued last year. The number made up a decent chunk of the total €11.2 million that was fined for all crimes in the country.

The force said that they have also confiscated 265 new gaming devices, which itself is up 10.4% than last year. One raid on a gambling site in Salzburg netted 76 of these machines being confiscated.

Regarding the fines, Austrian Finance Minister Magnus Brunner said, "The controls of the financial police in the fight against social fraud, organised informal economy, tax evasion and illegal gambling are targeted and ensure fair competitive conditions.

"This is how we protect honest companies, secure tax revenue and strengthen our business location."

Austria does have legal gambling, and these measures are aimed at protecting those businesses as well gamblers in the country who may go to offshore sites.

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.

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