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Online Gambler Bonus Abuser Commits Fraud

Online Gambler Bonus Abuser Commits Fraud

Written by: ava carson on 04/04/2012 15:40

Andrei Osipau, 35, was sentenced to three years in jail for using phony ID’s to open new accounts at online gambling sites. As a result he was abusing the bonuses offered and taking advantage of the operators by signing up as different aliases.

He used online payment processors to transfer funds in excess of nearly £80,000 opening accounts under false names. He was also accused of opening bank accounts under different alias names using international passports, identity cards and false utility bills.

An investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service Gambling Unit, Project Amberhill, and the UK Gambling Commission found that Osipau had commited Bonus Abuse and it is the first of this kind to be charged and prosecuted. 

“This joint investigation with the Gambling Commission demonstrates the Met's commitment to combating high tech organised crime,” said Detective Inspector Ann-Marie Waller, head of the Met's Gaming Unit. “The sentence imposed by the judge today should deter anyone considering committing crime involving stolen or compromised identities."

On February 26th 2011 an online gaming portal received two UK passports with two different names with the same image within 12 minutes of each other raising a red flag of possible fraudulent activity. The operator reported the suspicious activity to the Gambling Commission and the Gambling Unit for investigation looked into the matter.

The passports are believed to be sent from two addresses, one in Hove and the other in Eastbourne. Osipau used a program that would hide his IP address when officials discovered he had scanned more than 5,900 passports, identity cards, utility bills and bank statements from individuals from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Osipau will serve three years prison after pleading guilty at Southwark Crown Court for charges of five counts of fraud, eight counts of possession of articles for use in fraud and one count of transferring criminal property.

“I expect and intend that you will be deported at the end of your sentence,” Judge Loraine-Smith told Osipau after his sentencing.  

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