The Ontario Provincial Police revealed this week that it has been contacted by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation regarding a potentially illegal activity on its gaming websites. The public was told in the news release that the OPP found fraudulent player accounts using forged or altered documents.
An investigation by the police department found that an individual had been using forged or altered identification with stolen credits cards. With the forged information, the individual was able to create accounts on the gaming websites and even wager for a while before being noticed by the crown.
The individual has also hacked cell phones as a way of getting their hands on more mobile devices. In February of this year, the OPP obtained a search warrant for a property in London, Ontario, where officers discovered and seized several electronic devices as evidence.
The police stated that the OPP Digital Forensics Unit provided an expert examination of the found devices from the house in order to determine evidence. On July 5, 2022, a 17-year-old boy from London has been arrested. There is a provision in the Youth Criminal Justice Act that prevents the public from knowing his name.
There are allegations of CA$5,000 of fraud, three counts of fraud under CA$5,000, five counts of personation with intent, as well as seven counts of using forged documents. The 17-year-old has been released from custody and is expected to stand trial this summer in a Toronto court.
This is the first time that Ontario authorities have taken action against illegal gambling activities. The Waterloo police department reported in February that they had busted an illegal gambling den in Kitchener, Ontario. Over CA$36,000 in cash, poker chips, and other gaming machines were found by officers at the site. The investigation is still going on despite the fact that all of the evidence has been seized.
The Toronto police discovered another illegal gaming den at the city’s centre in January of 2021. On the night of January 29, 2021, officers responded to a call from a civilian who spotted a shady individual carrying a fire-arm. The police found an unregulated gaming den in the basement of the house.
Fourteen people were arrested at the house for gambling. There was also a large amount of cash discovered by the officers. 14 people were charged for failing to comply with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which states that only household members are allowed to stay inside during a lock down.
Police say fraudulent player accounts were used by a teen to target online gambling in Ontario.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has revealed that it has been contacted by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC) regarding a potentially illegal activity on its gaming websites. The OPP said that it conducted an investigation between March and December, which found fraudulent player accounts created using forged or altered documents. A 17-year-old boy from London has been arrested.