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January 14, 2022

China and Macau Working to Control Suspicious Money Movements

China continues to closely monitor where money goes and who spends it, especially if it can be tied to gambling. Intrinsically tied to the policing of the activity is Macau, which has seen an increase in suspicious transactions.

China announced last June that it would intensify its targeted enforcement of cross-border online gambling, and has been relentless in that quest.

It seems it has since complied with that goal.

The country investigated more than 17,000 cases of illegal cross-border gaming in 2021, according to information provided by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

Increased Scrutiny From All Levels
The coordinated efforts of various departments, including the MPS, were used to monitor online gambling platforms and mobile apps. A particular focus was placed on live streaming platforms, short videos and forums, as well as online gaming websites.

In its report, the MPS said that it had arrested more than 80,000 suspects under tougher measures to crack down on criminal activity. The ministry removed 2,200 online gambling sites, along with 1,600 illegal payment and underground banks, 930 illegal technical support teams, and 1,500 gambling promotion websites.

The increased attention follows a year in which China saw massive amounts of money move out of the country. Previous reports indicated that the equivalent of $146.5 billion was shipped out of the country via offshore gambling networks and criminal syndicates.

The MPS joined forces with the relevant ministries in order to intensify the enforcement and governance of cross-border gambling. They used multiple tools to successfully eliminate the recruitment and attraction networks for gambling, as well as money laundering, from large, illegal gambling groups.