Casino fraudster jailed


Ueber Meister
Jan 30, 2007
Texas, USA

Give us a little more insight as to why some casinos are so adamant about ID documents and verification.

Although for the life of me, can't see why this guy would want any false ID from the US for illegal use. Heck, we can't play anywhere LOL!


Forum Cheermeister
Staff member
Jun 30, 1998
A man who made nearly £80,000 from online gambling after using fraudulent international passports, identity cards and false utility bills to open various online accounts has been jailed today.

In the first prosecution of its kind, Andrei Osipau, 35, was responsible for committing what is known in the industry as a 'Bonus Abuse', where other people's identities are stolen to open online betting accounts and take advantage of bonus bets being offered by companies.

He also used online payment institutes to transfer the criminal gains from the online betting account, opening bank accounts under false names.

This is where the main stream press can't get it right. You cannot confuse bonus "abuse" with fraud. These are two entirely different situations.

I would bet you money that this guy is an ex-member here. :rolleyes:


Dormant Account
Jan 22, 2012
Same casino and same photo used within 20 min


well i spose it did work for to the tune of 80k


RIP Brian
Feb 22, 2001
It's an interesting case with clear intent to defraud with false documentation and multi accounting, but this appeared in Casinomeister News almost three months ago.


Ueber Meister Mouse
Sep 12, 2004
Makes me wonder how he was depositing. I see nothing about credit card fraud?

more than 5,900 scans of passports, identity cards, utility bills and bank statements relating to individuals from countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Yikes! I'm also hoping the cops got the info as to how/where this SOB got all these scans??


Dormant account
Dec 15, 2009
Makes me wonder how he was depositing. I see nothing about credit card fraud?

It says in the link he used web wallets and opened bank accounts w the fake id. Nothing about how he specifically deposited but must be linked.


Dormant account
Jul 21, 2012
Under your bed
I wonder if they are going to start arresting casino owners/managers for fraud when winnings are not paid to honest players? I believe theres a section in the law for that.....oh yeah, its called Inducement, where one person or entity induces another party to send funds to them on the premise that if they win they will be paid. When the said party does not pay the party they have induced to spend money at their online casino then that is called fraud and its player abuse.

I highly doubt there will ever be an online casino manager or owner arrested for player abuse, if that term is even used, or have i missed something?

Im not condoning what this guy has done, stealing identities, thats putrid and its happened to me.


You type well loads
Oct 14, 2004
United Kingdom
I think the "bonus abuse" part of this fraud is a side issue. The REAL mainstream offence here is money laundering, large numbers of fake passports (a national security issue), and the widespread use of these false instruments within the financial sector (bank accounts in false names). The casino fraud was simply how he used the setup. It could just as well have been benefit fraud or even terrorism. The casinos can now take out civil claims for damages using the criminal conviction to back their claims, unless of course the money has been laundered out of sight, or confiscated by the treasury as can now happen under UK law under the Proceeds of Crime act.
Were the owner of a casino that defrauded UK players to be found on EU territory, he could face arrest and extradition to the UK, or anywhere else for that matter. Owners of rogue casinos therefore stay well away from such places, especially the US, thus in reality they don't get arrested.


Dormant account
Jun 20, 2001
Turn right, then right. then right again
This story is 5 month old. There was a thread on this forum about it already.

P.S. Jail sentence for "bonus abuse" ? 3 years of jail for betting his entire balance or violating a max bet rule - isn't it too harsh?

Well it might be old, but I don't think you read it very well.

It was mainly about the identity and banking fraud. Without those elements I doubt he would have even been charged.


Dormant account
Jul 24, 2011
Adelaide, South Australia.
I think in my own opinion that I would want to fined casino company for NOT complying the rules with to protect themselves and others from fraud, counterfeit and scam. They have failed to do so and that allow anyone to defraud it with them and that casino did NOT make any action to close his account immediately at all. They have failed miserably! They should also be punished as well as I see it as it is fit to the crime not complying with the international law on protection. If casino did follow the rules and immediate suspend the player from casino. Then the player would not be able to defraud it further more. The story would have been completely different. I hope the judge should look at those casino WHO has NOT comply the international law to protect against fraud, counterfeit and scam and charge them with pervert course of justice, fail to protect with themselves and the customer, without due care to handle with the payment and failure to handle with fraud case and allowed fraudster to keep going that caused biggest loss to public people money that was stolen! And that owner of casino should also go to jail too! Come on don't pull your face, be serious and get that work out together properly! If I was the owner of that casino. I would have noticed that straight away and deal with it straight away to the police force and online enforcer. No excuse! But I am glad that fraudster is caught and is heading to prison. He deserved it!

I should've clarified it better, fail to do mean they are being too slow to handle the fraud case or did not handle the fraud case doesn't matter which one. Too slow is no excuse also. They did was too slow and took time for them to find a true fraudster that resulted large amount of money stolen because if you have given them time frame, it allows the fraudster to further steal more money, the more worse situation it becomes. I think that make sense now. LOL