Shuttered Dutch gaming developer Sheriff Gaming reportedly rigged its slots while the company was in operation, as big wins were set to only be paid out to the company' owners' friends and family.
The revelation comes in a Dutch court ruling that is seeing the founders of the company Stijn Flapper, Maurice Gregoire, and Michel Gregoire charged with tax evasion as they neglected to pay €13.5 million in taxes between 2008 and 2013.
Part of the report related to the case revealed a former Sheriff employee testified that the developer's progressive jackpots were engineered to never really pay out their top prizes to players, instead having 95% of jackpot prizes paid out to a fake player or through family and friends tied to the company's owners. Interestingly, there was a glitch in the software that did allow progressive jackpots to be won when legit players lowered their stakes from €2 to €1. This reportedly happened once and made Flapper irate, and the winner never saw the full amount of their jackpot winnings.
The three owners of the company are currently facing the tax fraud charges as well as illegal gambling charges and face lengthy jail terms should they be convicted. Sheriff Gaming was in business for several years, producing 3D video slots that were comparable to titles put out by Betsoft Gaming, which was seen as a rival firm. The company was shuttered in May 2013 after the owners were charged with operating an illegal gambling business and other charges. The Dutch government seized the assets of the company and sold them to gambling firm Novomatic, which also hired much of Sheriff's staff.
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