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Black Market Betting Bad for Your Health, Report Warns

Black market betting

Betting on the black market is more injurious to health and wellbeing than betting on regulated markets, a new study by the Asian Racing Federation claims. The research paper looked at six gambling jurisdictions — Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa — and found there was evidence to suggest that…Read More

Bangladesh Bank Heist Case Still Wide Open, Says Philippine DOJ

Bangladesh bank heist

Investigators examining the notorious $101 million cyber heist on the Bangladesh Bank said Tuesday that the case is not closed, despite the conviction last week of the only person so far indicted. On January 10, Maia Deguito, a former manager at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp’s (RCBC) Jupiter Street branch in Manila, was convicted on eight…Read More

Hit Game Fortnite’s VBucks Used for Widespread Dark Web Money Laundering

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale has become an online cultural phenomenon. The free-to-play survival shooter garnered 125 million players within a year of its release, leading to concerns that its addictive qualities and use of in-game currency and loot-box microtransactions are introducing children and teenagers to the dynamics of gambling. Now, a joint investigation by the UK’s…Read More

Suspected Kidnappers Arrested in ‘5Dimes Tony’ Case, But Sportsbook Owner Still Missing

5Dimes Tony

Police in Spain and Costa Rica have arrested 12 people they believe to be responsible for the kidnapping last September of 5Dimes sports book owner William Sean Creighton, better known to his customers as “5Dimes Tony.” The whereabouts of Creighton — an American ex-pat living and working in Costa Rica — remain unknown. In October,…Read More

Dishonorable Discharge: Navy Officer Swipes $2.7M From Government for High Stakes Poker Habit, Gets Four Years

Navy officer

A 27-year Navy veteran was sentenced to four years in federal prison for running a racket which saw him steal $2.7 million from the federal government to feed a high-stakes poker lifestyle. But it wasn’t all gambling for Lt. Randolph Prince: the 45-year old also blew some of the stolen cash on luxury vehicles and…Read More

Las Vegas Police Demand Cristiano Ronaldo DNA in Alleged Palms Casino Rape Case

Ronaldo

Las Vegas police investigating allegations of rape against Cristiano Ronaldo have issued a warrant for the soccer star’s DNA. An American woman, Kathryn Mayorga, accuses Ronaldo — real name Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro — of raping her in his Penthouse suite at the Palms Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, almost a decade ago. The…Read More

Alleged Homeless GFM Scam Artist Arrested After Missing Court Date Over Donations Used For Casino Trips

Johnny Bobbitt court appearance

Johnny Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who gained infamy by allegedly conspiring with a New Jersey couple to defraud donors via a GoFundMe campaign, was arrested on Wednesday after failing to show up for a scheduled court date. Bobbitt, along with Katelyn McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D’Amico, raised more $400,000 on GoFundMe that prosecutors say…Read More

BC Money Laundering Case Collapsed Because Prosecution Accidentally Blew Police Informant’s Cover

Money laundering

What would have been British Columbia’s biggest ever money-laundering case was botched because federal prosecutors accidentally sent the details of a key police informant to the defense. It was alleged that Richmond-based Silver International was a front for an underground bank that lent money to high-rollers on gambling junkets from China. The company received its…Read More

Los Angeles Police Bust Illegal 25-Cent Bingo Game in Senior Community

Los Angeles police bingo raid

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) shut down an illegal bingo operation inside a retirement community this week after receiving a tip from a resident. Karen Adams told NBC 4 in Los Angeles that she’s been playing bingo at the retirement center in Woodland Hills for eight years. The police’s arrival came as a total…Read More

$10 Million Lottery Ticket Thief Busted for Grand Larceny as He Tries to Collect Cash

Adul Saosongyang

A California man who believed his winning scratch-off lottery ticket was worth $10,000 got the surprise of his life last month when he was told it was actually worth $10 million. This was followed on Monday by another big surprise: he was under arrest for allegedly stealing his roommate’s winning lottery ticket. Adul Saosongyang, 35,…Read More

Underground Bank Laundered $220 Million a Year Through BC Casinos, Claims Province’s Civil Forfeiture Office

Money laundering

A British Columbia company that police say was a front for an illegal underground bank was laundering up to $220 million per year, much of it through the province’s casinos, according to the BC Civil Forfeiture Office. The case against Silver International and two of its operators — Caixuan Qin and her husband Jian Jun…Read More

Las Vegas Shooter Mesquite Home Sold for $425K, Price Near Market Value

Las Vegas shooter Mesquite home

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s Mesquite home has been sold for $425,000. The price is around real estate estimates for the 2,018-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath property. The home is in the 55-and-over Sun City Mesquite by Del Webb community roughly 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Clark County District Court Judge Gloria Sturman signed off on…Read More

Kazuo Okada Indicted in Philippines for Fraud, Maintains Innocence

Kazuo Okada

A court in the Philippines has ordered the arrest of Japanese casino mogul Kazuo Okada, 77, on three counts of fraud. The charges relate to the alleged misappropriation of more than $3 million from Tiger Resorts — the operator of the Okada Manila, in the Philippines’ Entertainment City and come a month after the country’s…Read More

Caesars Entertainment First Casino Operator to Join Global Initiatives to Combat Human Trafficking

Caesars Entertainment human trafficking slavery

Caesars Entertainment is the first casino operator to sign the ECPAT Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct and join the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) to end human and child trafficking. Known as “The Code,” companies that join the ECPAT mission are given a framework to provide training to their employees to detect and thwart human trafficking. Other…Read More

Las Vegas Metro Police Say No More October 1 Shooting Materials Will Be Released

Las Vegas police October 1 shooting

Las Vegas Metro says its near-weekly releases of materials and information regarding the October 1, 2017, mass shooting have ended, in accordance with a court order. The Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement this week that it has no further plans to release additional body camera footage or materials related to the incident. The…Read More