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DOJ Busts $100M International GozNym Malware Cybercrime Ring: Mystery Gulfport, Mississippi Casino Victimized for Nearly $200K

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Thursday that it had shut down a vast cyber-criminal network that attempted to steal $100 million from various American businesses, including an unidentified casino in Gulfport, Mississippi. The effort was carried out in partnership with the European Union’s law enforcement agencies Europol and Eurojust, along with other international…Read More

Employee Goes Rogue on Boss, Steals $96K, Blows It All in Four Hours at Crown Melbourne Casino

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A young Japanese man who quietly liberated US$96,000 from his boss’ briefcase while he slept and squandered every last cent in just four hours at the gaming tables of Australia’s Crown Melbourne Casino has been sent to prison to reflect on what the judge called his “naive, amateurish and unsophisticated act.” Victoria County Court Judge…Read More

Chicago Man Held on Nearly $1M Bail for Allegedly Invoking Allah While Threatening Aurora, Illinois Casino

A Chicago man who told police he wanted to “take over” and “destroy all casinos” remained in custody in Kane County on nearly a million dollar bail that was set for charges of “felony disorderly conduct” on Friday in connection with alleged threats to bomb the Hollywood Casino in Aurora, Illinois on Feb. 12. A…Read More

Kidnapping, Violent Casino-Related Crime Rise in Macau as Police Vow to Clamp Down on Triad Loan Sharks

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Crime linked to Macau’s casino industry was up 14.1 percent in Q1, with violent crime and kidnappings leading the surge, Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said Thursday. Authorities recorded 438 criminal cases related to the gaming industry — which is the world’s biggest market — with kidnapping rates increasing by 34.4 per cent, to…Read More

Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino Fined $90,000 for Underage Gambling a Month After Bethlehem Pennsylvania Penalties

The operator of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is going to pay $90,000 in fines following allegations underage patrons seven times wagered on the venue’s gaming floor. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) assessed the fine on Wednesday against Holdings Acquisitions, Co. Each of the incidents involved individuals under the age of 21. In one case, a…Read More

Chinese Triad Gang Threatens to Take Over Cambodia Casino Town in Chilling Video

Sihanoukville

A video of a Chinese criminal gang threatening to seize control of Cambodian casino town Sihanoukville has become the subject of an investigation by the Southeast Asian country’s authorities and the Chinese Embassy, the South China Morning Post reports. The video depicts around 20 men, some tattooed and all shirtless in the manner of Triad…Read More

UK Lottery Winner to Forfeit Millions Over Drugs and Money-Laundering Network That Embezzled from Russian State

Russian State

A UK lottery winner who claimed her lavish lifestyle was funded by a £2.5 million ($3.24 million) jackpot she won in 2008 has been ordered to forfeit millions after a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation fingered her as a cog in a global money-laundering operation. Mother-of-three Amanda Nuttall, 45, was unable to adequately account for…Read More

BC Lottery Corp Seeks Tech Contractor to Fix Broken Anti-Money-Laundering System

BC Lottery Corp

The BC Lottery Corp has launched a competitive bidding process for a technology solution to help combat money laundering after an independent report described its current system as unfit for purpose, CBC reports. The province has been engulfed by scandal following revelations that it had become a global hub of money-laundering, with billions of dollars…Read More

Former Oklahoma Punter Sentenced in Bank Fraud Case to Pay Off Bookie Debts

A former University of Oklahoma football player was sentenced to more than two-and-a-half years in federal prison on Thursday for defrauding a bank and two of its customers of hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay off gambling debts. Blake Brian Ferguson faced up to 30 years in prison for three counts of bank fraud…Read More

China Online Gambling Operation with Ties to Philippines Leads to Seven Arrests

Police broke up a $312 million gambling ring recently working out of China’s Anhui Province that was associated with a sports betting website based in the Philippines. Approximately 10,000 people signed up or used the gaming site since 2016, according to Xinhua news. So far, seven suspects were arrested by authorities investigating the online scheme….Read More

Macau Police Say Gambler Beaten to Death by Loan Sharks Over $6300 Debt

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Macau police allege a Chinese man found dead inside a guesthouse on the enclave’s main peninsula was the victim of a brutal beating at the hands of three loan sharks. Judiciary Police believe a man who held an HKD50,000 ($6,373) gambling debt was attacked over his outstanding liability. Law enforcement spokesman Leng Kam Lon said…Read More

Six Las Vegas Sports Betting Funds Being Controlled by Ex-Con Ponzi Scheme Operators, Investor Payouts in Limbo

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Two men imprisoned in the 1990s for operating a Ponzi scheme shell company that pretended it supplied copy machines to financial institutions are in charge of at least $1 million invested in six Las Vegas several sports betting mutual funds, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has discovered. John F. Thomas III — who was apparently born…Read More

Genovese Crime Family Reputed Associate Vincent Coppola Pleads Guilty to Charge on Illegal Betting

Vincent Coppola — who authorities link to the Genovese crime family — has pleaded guilty for his alleged role in running illegal offshore sports gambling activities out of New Jersey, that were uncovered in a wider investigation. Coppola, 42, of Union City, New Jersey, was part of a network of reputed Genovese associates who ran…Read More

British Columbia’s Casino Money Laundering Problem Exploded in the Late 1990s: Whistleblower

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British Columbia has been rocked by financial scandal following revelations that its casinos had become “laundromats for organized crime” over the past decade, with Chinese criminal gangs transforming the province into a global money-laundering hub with links to the fentanyl epidemic. But the scandal may go back further than a decade, to the late 1990s,…Read More

Montana Casino Robber with Molotov Cocktail Was Copying His Dad, Says Ex

Jacob Burritt

A man who tried to rob the Magic Diamond Casino in Bozeman, Montana, while high on meth and armed with a Molotov cocktail, was following in his father’s footsteps, according to his ex-wife. On Saturday morning, Jacob Burritt, 27, walked into the casino wearing a mask and brandishing a flaming object, which was later determined…Read More