Quebec gambling monopoly taken for C$1m in casino scam

Quebec’s provincial gambling monopoly Loto Quebec has been taken for nearly C$1m by conmen who preyed on lax standards at a local casino.

On Wednesday, the Journal de Montreal reported that the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec had been defrauded of about C$1m (US$750k) by two members of a gang that has allegedly perpetrated similar shenanigans at casinos in other Canadian provinces.

According to the report, one of the fraudsters pretended to be a high-rolling gambler seeking a cash advance from the casino. The fraudster claimed that this advance would be guaranteed by a bank draft. Another fraudster played the role of the financial institution supposedly guaranteeing the advance, which apparently was enough for the casino to issue the money, after which the scammers disappeared with their ill-gotten gains.

The scam reportedly took place in August, and Quebec police subsequently arrested a 52-year-old Brampton, Ontario resident in connection with the case. The suspect is reportedly scheduled to be arraigned on charges of fraud and use of forged documents on December 12.

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