A London court convicted a man of stealing the identities of other people to gamble online, sentencing him to three years in prison earlier this week.
Andrei Osipau of London plead guilty to five counts of fraud, eight counts of possession of articles for use in fraud, and one count of transferring criminal property. He reportedly made nearly £80,000 while gambling after using fake passports, ID cards, and false utility bills to open accounts at various internet casinos. Osipau then transferred the winnings to bank accounts which were opened using fake names.
Osipau's crimes were discovered on February 26th of last year when he sent scans of two passports with different names but the same image to a casino within 12 minutes of each other. The casino then reported the incident to the Gambling Commission who then launched a fraud investigation.
The investigation was handled by authorities from the Metropolitan Police Gambling Unit, Project Amberhill, and the UK Gambling Commission who found that Osipau had used a fake IP address to disguise his identity and location. Police then raided the suspect's home, where they found 5,900 scans of utility bills, ID cards, and passports from people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.
Commenting on the case, Detective Inspector for the Met's Gaming Unit Ann-Marie Waller said: "This joint investigation with the Gambling Commission demonstrates the Met's commitment to combating high tech organised crime. The sentence imposed by the judge today should deter anyone considering committing crime involving stolen or compromised identities."