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‘Fraudulent gambler accounts’ used by teen to target online gambling in Ontario, police say

“Fraudulent gambler accounts” were used by a teenager to target online gambling in Ontario, police say.

The Ontario Provincial Police said in a news release Thursday that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) contacted officers in May 2021 regarding “potential illegal activity at its gaming sites.”

Police say an investigation determined that between March and December last year, “fraudulent player accounts” were created using forged or altered documents along with the theft of fraudulent credit cards.

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Cell phones were also allegedly hacked in order to acquire new phones.

The statement said that in February a search warrant was executed at a London home where investigators seized electronic devices.

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“The OPP’s Digital Forensics Unit conducted an expert examination of these devices to gather evidence,” the statement continued.

On July 5, a 17-year-old boy from London was arrested.

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He has since been charged with fraud over $5,000, three counts of fraud under $5,000, five counts of intentional impersonation and seven counts of using false documents.

The boy cannot be named due to a provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

He was released and is due in court in Toronto on August 16.

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