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Sheriff Gaming Offices Raided - Assets Seized!

Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by Casinomeister, May 29, 2013.

    May 29, 2013
  1. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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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.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2013
  2. May 29, 2013
  3. Deanna

    Deanna Senior Member

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    I was thinking I just read this on another thread yesterday but now can't remember which one.
     
  4. May 29, 2013
  5. Balthazar

    Balthazar The Governor

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    It's true. Check out the Guts casino thread for details.
     
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  6. May 29, 2013
  7. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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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.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    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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  8. May 29, 2013
  9. naththo

    naththo Experienced Member

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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.
     
  10. May 29, 2013
  11. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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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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  12. May 29, 2013
  13. De Beuker

    De Beuker Dormant account

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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..
     
  14. May 29, 2013
  15. elrudo

    elrudo Experienced Member

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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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  16. May 30, 2013
  17. sparkz

    sparkz Senior Member

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    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"
     
  18. May 30, 2013
  19. pokeraddict

    pokeraddict Webmaster

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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:

    http://www.casinomeister.com/forums...doers/54942-gaming-awards-com-plagiarism.html

    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:

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

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

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    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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  20. May 30, 2013
  21. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    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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  22. May 31, 2013
  23. rainmaker

    rainmaker I'm not a penguin CAG webmeister

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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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  24. May 31, 2013
  25. pokeraddict

    pokeraddict Webmaster

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    Thank you Bryan, that means a lot. I will certainly submit these clowns at the end of the year for evil webmaster.
     
  26. May 31, 2013
  27. SheriffEmployee

    SheriffEmployee Dormant account

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    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: You must register/login in order to see the link. (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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  28. May 31, 2013
  29. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    Wow - that's quite a damning post.

    Have you offered your evidence to the AGCC or the Dutch police?
     
  30. May 31, 2013
  31. Sovietsky

    Sovietsky Senior Member

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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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  32. May 31, 2013
  33. SheriffEmployee

    SheriffEmployee Dormant account

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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...
     
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  34. May 31, 2013
  35. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    Oh great, and you choose this forum to post this information. :rolleyes:
     
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  36. May 31, 2013
  37. Igor82

    Igor82 Accredited Casino Representative

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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:

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    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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  38. May 31, 2013
  39. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred mm3 webmeister

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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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