Sheriff Gaming Offices Raided - Assets Seized!

Casinomeister

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Just found this in my inbox. is this true? I haven't seen anything anywhere else on this:

BREAKING: Sheriff Gaming linked to police investigations

Reports last Friday in the (the Omroep Brabant)have announced that the owners and associates of Sheriff Gaming have had their businesses and assets seized in raids investigating money laundering, drug dealing and illegal gambling, which totals millions of Euros.

In total 5 companies in Eindhoven related to the three businessmen have been raided on Friday, and multiple properties and even cars and some 100 bank accounts have been either confiscated or frozen.

Police authorities have named Stijn Flapper, who is Chief Executive Officer at Bubble Group BV which trade under the name Sheriff Gaming, along with Maurice and Michael G as suspects in the illegal activity.

As part of the raids on Friday 7 gambling websites have been closed down as illegal operations, which were named as:

- AmsterdamsCasino.com
- AmsterdamsPoker.com
- JackpotRed.com
- TripleGold.com
- Golden10Casino.com
- Tanzoo.com
- FruitLuck.com

More below in this thread.
 
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Just found this in my inbox. is this true? I haven't seen anything anywhere else on this:

BREAKING: Sheriff Gaming linked to police investigations

Reports last Friday in the (the Omroep Brabant)have announced that the owners and associates of Sheriff Gaming have had their businesses and assets seized in raids investigating money laundering, drug dealing and illegal gambling, which totals millions of Euros.

In total 5 companies in Eindhoven related to the three businessmen have been raided on Friday, and multiple properties and even cars and some 100 bank accounts have been either confiscated or frozen.

Police authorities have named Stijn Flapper, who is Chief Executive Officer at Bubble Group BV which trade under the name Sheriff Gaming, along with Maurice and Michael G as suspects in the illegal activity.

As part of the raids on Friday 7 gambling websites have been closed down as illegal operations, which were named as:

- AmsterdamsCasino.com
- AmsterdamsPoker.com
- JackpotRed.com
- TripleGold.com
- Golden10Casino.com
- Tanzoo.com
- FruitLuck.com

I was thinking I just read this on another thread yesterday but now can't remember which one.
 

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I understand that the Alderney regulator is currently investigating this issue.

We issued this story last Saturday:

DUTCH POLICE SHUT DOWN ONLINE CASINOS

Three Eindhoven men assisting police with their enquiries

The Dutch may be moving toward online gambling legalisation (see previous InfoPowa reports) but they're not there yet, a fact attested to by raids Friday in which seven online casinos were taken off-line and three men detained to assist police in their enquiries into allegations of illegal online gambling.

The publication Casino.nl reported that, following information from the Dutch Gaming Authority, police raiding parties, accompanied by two judge-commissioners, visited a number of premises in Eindhoven in an operation reportedly undertaken by a total of 150 officers.

Three men are reportedly assisting the police with their enquiries: Michel Gregoire (32); his brother Maurice Gregoire (34) and Stijn Flapper (34). There are allegations that very large sums of money are involved, and that charges of laundering monies obtained through the drug trade may be in progress.

The following online casinos have been taken off-line, InfoPowa checks confirmed early Saturday:

amsterdamscasino.com
amsterdamspoker.com
fruitluck.com
golden10casino. com
jackpotred.com
tanzoo.com
triplegoldcasino.com

Net Gaming Solutions, an online gambling company allegedly associated with the three suspects, was also off-line Saturday amid reports that its claimed Costa Rica operating base and a faux owner identity of Dakota Enterprises SA may have been a ruse designed to cloak the real location and identity of those involved in an illegal online gambling business.

The fact that the Dutch authorities were able to quickly take all of the sites off-line suggests the possibility that the servers were not in Costa Rica at all.

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UPDATE: The brothers Gregoire are reportedly also shareholders in a number of Dutch property companies, and allegedly have extensive properties and assets in Spain that include villas, boats and luxury vehicles worth many millions of Euro. It has also been claimed that the suspects own a multi-million Euro online payment company titled Teletik.

Investigations into whether these interests are associated with illegal money streams are currently underway by the National Prosecution Service and the Public Prosecutor's Office, along with the Dutch kansspelautoiteit.
 

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The best massive haul I have ever heard of in financial illegal activity!

Wow what a huge haul I have ever heard of! So much of that is totally a massive bust doing those criminal activity. Well done to police doing the best job ever! Thumbs up to them! Stopping the illegal activity reduce the problems to the community around the world.
 

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Update

AGCC INITIATES INVESTIGATION INTO SHERIFF GAMING PARENT COMPANY (Update)

Following large-scale investigation by Dutch authorities

The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) has initiated a special investigation into B2B licencee Bubble Group BV, a subsidiary of Bubble Group Capital B.V. trading as Sheriff Gaming.

Bubble Group BV is certified by the AGCC as a foreign gambling associate certificate holder offering gambling services on a B2B level.

The commission said it noted reports of investigations that have been commenced in the Netherlands against Bubble Group BV and individuals connected with Bubble Group BV prompting its own investigation to confirm that the basis on which the company and its sponsors were approved remain correct.

The large-scale investigation the commission refers to involved over 150 investigators from the Dutch Prosecuting Authority, Kansspelauthoriteit Gaming Commission and Dutch Tax Authority involving three successful young millionaires suspected of being involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and illegal gambling (see previous InfoPowa report).

Michel Gregoire (32), Maurice Gregoire (34) and Stijn Flapper (34) are in the public eye following what was termed as a "massive" raid on homes, businesses and bank accounts last week reports crime website camilleri.nl.

Through the company Teletick BV, with annual sales of tens of millions, the trio's involvement is being investigated with regard to the operation of seven online gambling websites named as Casino Amsterdam, Amsterdams Poker, Fruit Luck, Tanzoo, Jackpot Red, Triple Gold, Golden Ten, and Tanzoo.

85 000 gamblers are said to have visited these websites on a monthly basis, which shut down operations as news of the raid broke.

Over 100 bank accounts, 5 companies in Eindhoven, 20 cars, 80 houses and business premises in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain are under scrutiny authorities said.

Advocate Annette Mak acting on behalf of the three men said the trio denied all accusations in "this exaggerated" justice action which could ultimately prove to be detrimental to their business interests and the employees of those interests.

Stijn Flapper who owns shares in Teletick BV also owns the Bubble Group BV. He is said to have amassed a fortune of Euro 11 million and is placed 34th on the list of 100 richest young entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.

The Gregoire brothers are placed 91st and 92nd with Euro 3 million each.
 

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Yes its true, its been all over the newspapers here in Holland.

Nothing has been 100% proven yet, but given the seizure its all pretty damn serious.

Amsterdam Casino.. the very first online casino I ever signed up with..
 

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One of my friends used to work for Tanzoo a few years ago.
The office was located near Eindhoven (my hometown) Airport.
According to his stories, Tanzoo was a rogue operation.
So I never signed up for any of their sites.

The arrests have political reasons too: our state secretary of Justice mr. Teeven wants to let the newly founded 'kansspelautoriteit' show its teeth against (in our country) illegal operators, and lay a foundation for a (heavily taxed) regulated market.
 

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I was thinking I just read this on another thread yesterday but now can't remember which one.

Probably mine saying about recovering money from a casino thats been done by police.

Its a complete pain in the backside. Some rich idiots may of broken the law but its the players that are suffering.

Like other players who have money pending, I did nothing wrong, I didnt know the servers were located in the Netherlands illegally. However we are being punished for it.


Surely CM you saw it in my thread that you posted in on the 28th (as I posted full story). The raids happened on the 27th, known now as "black friday"
 

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A bit OT, but the Gaming-Awards website has plagiarized a number of my articles and I have documented about 100 stolen articles on their site. They have used articles I have written many times and once published my work in their magazine Infinity without my permission or attribution. I posted about it here at CM:

https://www.casinomeister.com/forums/threads/gaming-awards-com-plagiarism.54942/

They stopped for a while and started back up again. The company then threatened (in a ridiculous way) over and over to turn me into the IRS for exposing their company's copyright thefts.

This is one of their rants before I stopped responding. They continued on later:

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This mindless rant was covered by a number of news sites as well pointing out how shameful this company is:

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Much or all of their site appears to be blacklisted in Google, presumably from all of the content theft, for there are few other reasons for this to happen. I hope to keep it that way and would like to ask the forum to consider removing the backlink in the OP. It may seem like it is not a big deal but this company deserves no credit in the industry and I am one of their dozens of plagiarism victims trying to fight content thieves like this company that are a huge burden on the industry's writers.
 

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A bit OT, but the Gaming-Awards website has plagiarized a number of my articles and I have documented about 100 stolen articles on their site. They have used articles I have written many times and once published my work in their magazine Infinity without my permission or attribution. I posted about it here at CM:

https://www.casinomeister.com/forums/threads/gaming-awards-com-plagiarism.54942/

They stopped for a while and started back up again. The company then threatened (in a ridiculous way) over and over to turn me into the IRS for exposing their company's copyright thefts.

This is one of their rants before I stopped responding. They continued on later:

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This mindless rant was covered by a number of news sites as well pointing out how shameful this company is:

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Much or all of their site appears to be blacklisted in Google, presumably from all of the content theft, for there are few other reasons for this to happen. I hope to keep it that way and would like to ask the forum to consider removing the backlink in the OP. It may seem like it is not a big deal but this company deserves no credit in the industry and I am one of their dozens of plagiarism victims trying to fight content thieves like this company that are a huge burden on the industry's writers.

Hi John,

Sorry - I had forgotten completely about this. Thanks for the reminder that the Gaming-Awards site. I guess we have a contender for the Evil Webmaster section.
 

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Sheriff Gaming has published a short statement today:

05-30-2013
Important statement in response to recent media attention

Until now the justice department has not given any inside information on the evidence on which the allegations in the press are based. Therefore it is still uncertain whether there are any (direct) links between the allegations and Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group. We have requested the justice department to provide more information regarding the position of Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group. We are confident that Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group will soon be fully discharged of all possible accusations.

Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group wishes to stipulate one more time that so far no evidence what so ever has been presented and furthermore thanks every one for the warm and continued support. We trust that the strong reputation of Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group will contribute to the continued support of the market in these difficult times.
 

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Sheriff Gaming has published a short statement today:

05-30-2013
Important statement in response to recent media attention

Until now the justice department has not given any inside information on the evidence on which the allegations in the press are based. Therefore it is still uncertain whether there are any (direct) links between the allegations and Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group. We have requested the justice department to provide more information regarding the position of Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group. We are confident that Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group will soon be fully discharged of all possible accusations.

Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group wishes to stipulate one more time that so far no evidence what so ever has been presented and furthermore thanks every one for the warm and continued support. We trust that the strong reputation of Sheriff Gaming/Bubble Group will contribute to the continued support of the market in these difficult times.

Just only a week after the police raid they come with a statement, one that I think of as empty and hollow. I'm a former Sheriff employee and I know for a fact that things were not in order at Sheriff Gaming. Not only because Stijn, Michel and Maurice were behaving like outright criminals but also because Stijn Flapper is just too greedy and does not care about fair gaming or people with gambling addiction.

One thing that I'm sure of is that the slots were not paying out the percentages that were published (and approved by the AGCC). The AGCC (Alderney Gambling Control Commission) even came to us about a year ago for an audit and we had to "fix" all kinds of files and statistics to not risk a problem during the audit.

Another thing that often happened was that very big prizes and jackpots were deemed as "software failure" or "fraud" when a player won them. Often they just got a small part of the money that they had won or nothing at all when a player made too much fuss (and then they got blocked also).

Stijn is a very slippery guy so I guess it will be difficult to prove for the AGCC since the last audit they also were easily misled. Also they are very actively busy with propaganda and removing "unwanted info" on various websites. But sometimes a post remains, like this one:
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(in Dutch and gets more clear at page two) about a Sheriff game on Amsterdams Casino (thus the same people -> Stijn) where someone won the jackpot of over 11.000 euro but only got 1000 euro as a "compensation"!

Also, be aware that the Dutch justice department does not care about the players and is not looking at fair gaming at all since it is illegal anyway to offer gaming in the Netherlands, especially when doing that from a location in the Netherlands itself. Nevertheless I am convinced that Stijn and his friends will be convicted for several criminal offenses so then the AGCC has no choice but to pull back its license for these guys.

Another thing I read frequently is that people think that it matters in this case where the gaming servers were located. Server location does not matter, substance does and the substance (such as employees, administration, payments, helpdesk, offices) of all the companies and gambling sites such as (Amsterdams Casino, Teletick, Sheriff Gaming) resided in the Netherlands. That is also why I think they could be taken offline so quickly since only that in itself is, without a doubt, a major criminal offense.
 

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Wow - that's quite a damning post.

Have you offered your evidence to the AGCC or the Dutch police?
 

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I belive that more casinos should do what Guts casino did and remove sheriff games until all clears out.
 

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Wow - that's quite a damning post.

Have you offered your evidence to the AGCC or the Dutch police?

You do not know what kind of people we are dealing with here. Those guys (especially Stijn) are really kind of lunatics and very unpredictable.
I was trying not to post anything because this alone already could turn out to be very unhealthy to me.
But I was not able to hold myself back any longer in shutting up and let them get away with it again (also because now part of it was already out in the open).
Yet going to any official party is still something I do not dare to do since I then almost for sure have to give up my anonymity and I prefer to live a little longer...
 

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You do not know what kind of people we are dealing with here. Those guys (especially Stijn) are really kind of lunatics and very unpredictable.
I was trying not to post anything because this alone already could turn out to be very unhealthy to me.
But I was not able to hold myself back any longer in shutting up and let them get away with it again (also because now part of it was already out in the open).
Yet going to any official party is still something I do not dare to do since I then almost for sure have to give up my anonymity and I prefer to live a little longer...

Oh great, and you choose this forum to post this information. :rolleyes:
 

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Oh great, and you choose this forum to post this information. :rolleyes:

lol

We haven't heard anything from MGS or other providers currently offering Sheriff Content and they have stringent acceptance protocols on game engines. This seems like Netherlands who have been notorious in therms of their illegal gambling laws (Check Betfair lawsuit in 2009/2010) is simply cracking down on an operation that has been operating from their backyard and has grown substantially large rapidly. That's not to say they aren't guilty for laundering (drugs :eek2:?!?) and what-else - it would be very interesting to see how that side of the case develops.

Also AGCC goes into very little detail about this for the time being:

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To me, this still seems to be very much unconfirmed and vague case, without much being said on either side. It's worrying to see Sheriff do so little to defend their credibility before the trust in their reputation is completely annihilated, and on that premise alone it seems almost certain things will turn very south, very fast for Sheriff.

We've cautiously pulled them from the site for the time being, seeing that AGCC is doing their own investigations. I need to extend my thanks to "sovietsky" from here for coming over to let us know about the case.

Will be interesting to see how this develops...
 

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To preserve integrity and isolate themselves from any possible negative effects, I believe that the stance taken by Guts.com and latterly Bet.at.eu should be replicated by any reputable casino that continues to host Sheriff software. These two have acted pre-emptively and good on them. Let's not see the rest having to be dragged kicking and screaming re. the Finsoft fiasco - although, in this case, there is no evidence to suggest the games themselves are in any way corrupt just the owners and some of the operators hosting the software.
 
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lol

We haven't heard anything from MGS or other providers currently offering Sheriff Content and they have stringent acceptance protocols on game engines. This seems like Netherlands who have been notorious in therms of their illegal gambling laws (Check Betfair lawsuit in 2009/2010) is simply cracking down on an operation that has been operating from their backyard and has grown substantially large rapidly. That's not to say they aren't guilty for laundering (drugs :eek2:?!?) and what-else - it would be very interesting to see how that side of the case develops.

Also AGCC goes into very little detail about this for the time being:

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To me, this still seems to be very much unconfirmed and vague case, without much being said on either side. It's worrying to see Sheriff do so little to defend their credibility before the trust in their reputation is completely annihilated, and on that premise alone it seems almost certain things will turn very south, very fast for Sheriff.

We've cautiously pulled them from the site for the time being, seeing that AGCC is doing their own investigations. I need to extend my thanks to "sovietsky" from here for coming over to let us know about the case.

Will be interesting to see how this develops...

I agree with you, the case is very vague and unconfirmed but I took the same view as you and removed the games until the air is cleared. I really like the games and although we had a direct integration with Sheriff, the fact that MGS offered their games gave a lot of credibility to their content. As you mentioned the due diligence from MGS is extremely tough and to get them to add your games to their portfolio is an extremely difficult process.

I have looked around other sites that offer Sheriff content and it looks like the games are not loading anywhere so it would seem that their servers are off line.

It is really sad, I feel very sorry for the employees of Sheriff, even if everything works out all right this period of uncertainty must be very difficult for them.

If I hear anything concrete I will update this thread.

Thanks,

Ben
 

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Maybe linked to this if proved true

Article just appeared about police raid in neighboring countries with Netherlands and Belgium mentioned too. For those who want to read original article in english here is Google translation of it.
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I posted this in this thread because of this highlighted text, below main article on the linked page.

They were smuggling drugs across the border high-purity


Investigators determined that Jovanovic group smuggled more shipments of cocaine of high purity. It is at least as announced on 15 pounds, of which half were seized in Rotterdam. In Belgium, however, seized 60,000 euros. The money from the sale of drugs, according to police, he should go to one of the members of the group in BiH.

In the media from neighboring countries mentioned that the same action in Belgium arrested 20 persons, defined as the local part of a gang of cocaine dealers. Apparently there are a gang led by two brothers, are associated with the smuggling hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and marijuana plantation discovered. The Netherlands has already arrested several people who were also associated with this criminal group. The Ministry of the Interior, unlike their counterparts in neighboring countries, today could not get any information related to the activities of the Croatian police in action Arka.


This newspaper is notorious for not checking all of its content before publishing it on their website so it is possible that they misunderstood where those 2 brothers were arrested. They take first year students to update website content and most of them are working for peanuts so even translation can be very far off and since this was published 15 minutes ago most likely they will edit this article at least once.

Just for example how far off their articles can be when it comes to translation is the case when they wrote in their science section about new star system found where, according to article they published, sun was in orbit around a planet. They did correct it afterwards but it was some time before it got corrected. And if someone is asking why was I reading science section at such site my answer is, for laughs.
 

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I have looked around other sites that offer Sheriff content and it looks like the games are not loading anywhere so it would seem that their servers are off line.

Amsterdam masterplan is playable on bgo. I don't think they completely closed their operations yet...
 

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futuriti.com (they probably russian oriented casino) still have their games, still everything worked.
I also read an answer of their manager on russian forum, and as he told they buy this game not directly from sheriff, they buy this games from one of not official sheriff company because they cannot sold games to russian market due to some restrictions. Not sure what does it mean, but i think this is fraund thing too.
Do not know why post it, just maybe someone find this info interesting or useful :)
 

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futuriti.com (they probably russian oriented casino) still have their games, still everything worked.
I also read an answer of their manager on russian forum, and as he told they buy this game not directly from sheriff, they buy this games from one of not official sheriff company because they cannot sold games to russian market due to some restrictions. Not sure what does it mean, but i think this is fraund thing too.
Do not know why post it, just maybe someone find this info interesting or useful :)

You have many providers like Orbis, Nyx, MGS Quickfire, Playtech, Amaya... that will adopt third party games and offer them in their portfolio in order to enjoy their international licences. Those third party providers will need to undergo stringent game source code engine tests that are independent of any tests regulators would perform in order to be added to their portfolio. Some providers are more stringent than others. To make it clear: this doesn't seem to be the case where the games were faulty, but it would appear that Sheriff operational side (paying jackpot results, etc.) was wholeheartedly fraudulent.
 
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