BETTING KENYA Sportpesa now being investigated by DCI 11 months ago Samuel Post Views: 431 Embattled gambling firm Sportpesa is now under the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) radar over suspected fraud. The investigative agency, in an application filed at the Milimani Law Courts on Monday, November 2, says it is probing how Pay Bill numbers, short codes and USSD codes originally allocated to Sportpesa were transferred to Milestone Games Limited, which Sportpesa used to re-enter the Kenyan market without seeking approval of the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB). Court documents indicate that Milestone Games Limited sought operating license from the BCLB, saying it was entering the Kenyan market as Milestone Bet, only for the firm to “hijack” Sportpesa trade name, short codes and Pay Bill numbers in an “illegal” deal. “The Board (BCLB) is of the view that the said Pay Bill numbers are being used in fraudulent gaming activities. We, therefore, request to conduct investigations as to how these Paybills (sic), USSDs and short codes were activated and transferred from Sportpesa to Milestone Games Ltd,” – the application filed under a certificate of urgency reads. The DCI is also seeking an order which would compel Safaricom to reveal specific details about the owner(s) of the Pay Bill numbers and the short codes which Sportpesa used to re-enter the Kenyan market on October 30. According to a sleuth who filed the application, Wange Masake, Milestone Games Limited claims it was authorised by Sportpesa Global Holdings to conduct business in Kenya using the trade name Sportpesa. Milestone Games Limited also alleges that Sportpesa Global Holdings also allowed them to use Sportpesa’s domain on online platforms, Pay Bill numbers and short codes, which had previously been allocated to Pevans East Africa Limited, the gambling firm which used the trade name Sportpesa until July 2019, when Pevans’ operating license was revoked over a tax row. The investigative officers suspect that Kenyans are being defrauded by Pevans East Africa Limited and Milestone Games Limited using the Pay Bill numbers, which were recently activated before being suspended by Safaricom following BCLB’s October 31 order. The court was told that Kenyans will lose a colossal amount of money if the use of the Pay Bill numbers 521521, 9551000 and short codes 29050, 79079 as well as USSD code *790# is not stopped. The matter was filed before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate David Ndungi. Ndungi set November 15, 2020 as the date for inter partes hearing. Source: k24tv.co.ke SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Milstone Games Ltd, SportPesa Continue Reading Previous The Future of Sports Betting in NigeriaNext BETFAIR More Stories EXPERTS KENYA Media houses on the spot over gambling pay bill numbers 1 day ago Samuel HOT NEWS KENYA Kenyans Lead in Peer-to-Peer Crypto Trade Globally 2 days ago Adeleye Awakan HOT NEWS KENYA ONLINE Crypto gambling business gaining popularity in Kenya 5 days ago Samuel BETTING GHANA False Predictions by a Ghanaian Prophets Sports Betting Enthusiast were devastated 1 week ago Adeleye Awakan EXPERTS KENYA Kenyan lawmakers propose ban on gambling programmes on broadcast media 1 week ago Iwo Bulski KENYA ONLINE Are You Addicted In Sports Betting? 1 week ago Samuel BETTING KENYA TVBET goes live in Kenya and Nigeria via Sahara Games 1 week ago Iwo Bulski KENYA LOTTERIES The Kenyan regulatory board suspends 81 lottery account numbers 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski BETTING WORLD NEWS How Italian bookies survived the tough year 2 weeks ago Samuel BETTING NIGERIA Manual for sports betting top betting sites in Nigeria 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski BETTING KENYA Kapsabet-based contractor wins Sh1m Betsafe jackpot 2 weeks ago Szarlot EXPERTS HOT NEWS KENYA Banks in Kenya Push for Return of Mobile Money Charges- Could it Impact Betting Industry? 2 weeks ago Adeleye Awakan Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.