Director of Suspended 666Bet Arrested In Fraud Investigation
The UK Gambling Commission last week suspended the operating licence of Metro Play Limited after a review led the commission to suspect “that Metro Play Limited is unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities.”
Since the suspension, customers heading to Metro Play Limited’s two sites, Metro Play and 666Bet, have been greeted with a holding page stating “We will be performing maintenance for the next couple of hours so that our engineers can work to improve your player experience.”
Despite the Gambling Commission allowing Metro Play Limited to process customers’ withdrawals, it appears that 666Bet is not allowing this at present, which is very disconcerting for those who have money trapped on the suspended site.
Matters took another twist over the weekend when The Independent reported that one of Metro Play Limited’s directors, Paul Bell, had been arrested in connection with a £21 million fraud and money laundering investigation.
Bell was arrested at Heathrow airport, later released and then re-arrested when he arrived on the Isle of Man by private jet.
According to The Independent, six other people were arrested with Bell, 13 properties were searched and police seized £1 million in cash as part of a HMRC-led investigation codenamed Operation Bannock.
Neil Andrews, 666Bet’s head of brand, claims Bell’s arrest and subsequent re-arrest do not relate to 666Bet’s activities in the gaming word.
666Bet burst onto the gambling scene with several television advertisements, some including former West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp. The company also sponsored the shirts of Leyton Orient, but the club pulled the plug on the deal last week, and had ties with Premier League clubs Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion.
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