Family from Finland Stole €250,000 from Maltese Online Casino

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This week media outlets in Finland revealed that a Finnish teenager and his family are facing charges of aggravated fraud after they scammed a Malta-based online casino out of €250,000.

The case is being heard in the Häme District Court, and involved a family from the town of Forssa. The teenager reportedly found a glitch in the unnamed online casino's banking software that allowed him to cancel a pending withdrawal request and have the money transferred instantly to an eWallet rather than a bank account. He allegedly stole €250,000 over the course of 147 withdrawal requests over a period of a month.

The teen's family was apparently helping him in the theft, with the father's bank account getting €14,000 of the money, while the mother bought a €5,000 motorcycle and stashed €2,300 in a bank account as well. The theft was found by an employee at the casino in July of last year.

The teenager is facing a 20 month prison sentence for his crimes, while the mother and father are being prosecuted for money laundering. The parents could face suspended sentences. It's expected that the final ruling by the court on the case will be heard in September.

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28 August 2018 - 12:10pm

I hope the court decision would of be somewhat gracious to the guy, in the end who wouldn't be tempted if they find such a glitch in the system like the teen Finn did.
I like the part that the mother bout herself a chopper 🙂

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28 August 2018 - 3:16pm

Wow this is interesting. Usually I'd read about someone from Finland winning a jackpot rather than stealing money 😂 Was the teenager even in the legal gambling age? Anyway that's huge amount of money and I'm interested to see what the verdict will be.