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Top Sport fined again in Lithuania over payments breach

| By Robert Fletcher
Gambling operator Top Sport has been fined €15,000 (£13,170/$13,308) by the Lithuanian Gambling Supervisory Authority for breaching regulations over remote gaming.
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According to the regulator, a Top Sport player used a payment card belonging to another person to deposit €14,965 into his account with the operator.

Lithuanian law states that licensed operators may only accept non-cash deposits from the account of the registered customer and not from third parties.

As such, the Authority said Top Sport was in breach of Article 205, paragraph 1 of the Law on Gambling of the Lithuanian Gambling Act, which relates to licensees only being allowed to take deposits from a customer’s own payment account.

The Authority noted that, as is the case with all regulatory decisions, the ruling was not final and could be subject to appeal.

The latest fine comes after Top Sport in February was fined €25,000 for emailing its customers on 31 August last year with links to and details of its gambling services. This included information about its mobile apps and website.

The Authority said that by informing customers about its offering, this was classed as a form of promotion, which is forbidden in Lithuania, and therefore the operator breached national law.

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