NEWMARKET, ON, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Investigators working in the
Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit have arrested six men for
numerous offences related to illegal gaming following the execution of
a search warrant in the City of Markham on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
The lengthy, joint-forces investigation revealed that large-scale
illegal gaming was taking place on an off-shore website called Platinum
Sports Book.com. The website, allegedly being run by organized crime,
is host to thousands of gamblers whose wagers result in millions of
dollars in profit for organized crime. The warrant was executed at an
invitation-only annual gambling event for the website gamers, held on
Super Bowl Sunday.
On February 3, 2013, at approximately 7 p.m., officers from several
CFSEU-member services executed a search warrant and found 3,000 people
participating in an illegal gaming event held at Le Parc Dining and
Banquet Ltd., located at 8432 Leslie Street. Using computer terminals
supplied by organizers of the event, participants allegedly placed
illegal online wagers through the Platinum Sports Book website.
As a result of the warrant, six men were arrested and will be facing
numerous gaming offences including Bookmaking, Participating in or
Contributing to an Activity of a Criminal Organization, Keeping a
Common Betting House and Conspiracy. Police allege these accused are
the principles of the Platinum Sports Book website and the ones who are
profiting from the illegal gaming. No charges were laid against the
people participating in the event as the focus of the investigation
continues to be those now accused of profiting from the illegal
In addition to the search warrant executed at the event, six additional
search warrants were simultaneously executed at the residences of the
accused. Ten search warrants were executed at Le Parc and the
residences of the accused and more than $2.5 million cash was seized as
well as computers, cell phones and business records.
Illegal gaming sites are run by organized crime groups operating
clandestinely in our communities. The revenues generated through
illegal gaming are often funnelled back into other illegal activities.
"The presence of organized crime groups brings an element of criminality
to our communities that is not acceptable," said Acting Superintendent
Keith Finn, Officer in Charge of the Greater Toronto Area CFSEU.
"Illegal gaming, drug trafficking, prostitution, intimidation and
weapons offences, among others, puts our citizens at risk and members
of the CFSEU are committed to ensuring people committing these crimes
are held responsible."
The CFSEU, a multi-jurisdictional operation which includes the RCMP, the
Ontario Provincial Police, York Regional Police, the Toronto Police
Service, Peel Regional Police and the Durham Regional Police Service,
is specifically tasked with the mandate to expose, investigate,
prosecute and dismantle organized criminal enterprises.
SOURCE: Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit
For further information:
Constable Blair McQuillan
Media Relations Officer
York Regional Police
Sergeant Richard Rollings
Media Relations Officer