Curacao licensed online casino is being prosecuted in Australia
An Australian-owned online casino has avoided being detected for the past four years but may see its operations shut down after the person who had been listed as its owner told local media that he had nothing to do with the gambling business.
The Emu Group Ltd. has been promoting and providing online casino-style games, including slots and variants of popular table games, to the Australian market since 2012, although this type of gambling services is considered illegal in the country.
Local media reported that the gambling operator has been managing online casino operations through three Internet domains – .com.au, .com, and .net. What is more, it appears that the Emu Group has claimed on its Facebook page that it had 10,000 registered customers from around Australia.
It is said in the Australian domain website that it is owned by Australian hairdresser Jeff Muller. When asked about his ownership of the illegal online casino, Mr. Muller told local media that he had absolutely nothing to do with it and that he would take legal advice in order to have his name removed from the gambling operation’s website.
Under Australian regulations, websites can be closed down if they are provenly registered by means of fraudulent methods.
Australian media found out that the online casino operator is owned by holding company EMU Inc., with the latter being incorporated in Panama, long known to be a tax haven. Its operating unit appears to be based and registered in Malta as Emu Group Ltd. Similarly to Panama, Malta, too, is among the jurisdictions notoriously known for tax avoidance. The online casino has been licensed in Curacao, yet another Caribbean-located tax haven.
It is not unusual for an online gambling company to be structured in the way the Emu Group is. However, the business promotes itself as Australian-owned. According to local media, some of the EmuCasino websites have been registered under the name of Adrian Loughnan, a former Sydney-based web developer. In 2012, Mr. Loughnan apparently served as Head of Affiliates for the online casino as it could be seen on the Gambling Portal Webmasters Association’s website. It is unclear whether he is still taking that same post.
Een kleine reconstructie van de Curacaose EmuCasino licentie levert het volgende op:
“EmuCasino is licensed and authorised by the Government of Curacao and operates under license number – #365/JAZ. EmuCasino is managed by EmuGroup Ltd. with company number C65014 registered at address: 75 Old Hospital Street, Valletta, Malta.
Curaçao, is one of the oldest and most politically stable providers of regulated eGaming licensing services. Being one of the first jurisdictions to regulate online gambling (1996), Curacao has developed into one of the most well-known and respected jurisdictions for online casino operators, looking for a trustworthy and credible environment for their players.
To obtain a Curacao eGaming licence, strict compliance protocol’s must be met to ensure a robust and reputable infrastructure is in place and that the operation is fair, consistent and legal to protect the end customer. The official Curacao eGaming licence seal provides assurance that the service is actively operating in compliance.
Curaçao is physically based in the Netherlands Antilles and is an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
For more information about our Curacao eGaming licencing go here.”