Costa Rica Online Sports Betting Exec Kidnapped

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Oct 19, 2018

Reports that a Bitcoin ransom of $750,000 has been paid, but nothing further heard from the kidnappers

Costa Rica-based online sports betting executive William Sean Creighton (43) has reportedly been kidnapped, and has not been seen since he left for work on the night of September 24.

Creighton, known locally as “Tony”, was driving his Porsche Cayenne SUV when he was run off the road by a gang of four armed men travelling on a motorcycle and in a BMW, according to local media reports, which claim that a $750,000 ransom demand was received and paid in Bitcoin, but that nothing further has been heard from the kidnappers.

However, the local police, who acknowledge they are investigating the case following a report by Creighton’s wife on September 25, have been close-lipped on progress and claim that no ransom demand has been received.

Creighton’s family appear to be hedging their bets regarding the police investigation – they have apparently hired private investigators to assist in locating and freeing Creighton.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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