A man has been found guilty of money laundering in connection with an illegal poker den in Palmers Green. Ahmet Melin was prosecuted after the Big Bluff private members’ club was raided by Enfield Council enforcement officers.The officers found that it was a front for an illegal poker club. Commercial poker games were taking place at the club and the council has a policy of not issuing licenses.
Large poker tournaments were taking place and Melin was withdrawing money from the club for his own purposes.
Ian Davis, Enfield’s director of environment, said, “These are very serious offenses and the council took robust action when it became clear the Big Bluff club was a front for an illegal poker den.
I’m pleased the council’s licensing enforcement, trading standards and legal teams worked together to bring this prosecution, which sends out the very clear message that we do not tolerate illegal gambling in this borough.”
Melin was found guilty of five offenses under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Wood Green Crown Court; he will be sentenced on May 27th.