LCB is a well-known website, which publishes articles about online gambling since 2006. At the end of 2006, LCB journalists identified two suppliers of counterfeit gaming software — Desoft Gaming and 2WinPower. They were creating the counterfeits of the products of such reputed providers as Novomatic, Net Entertainment, Playtech, and Real Time Gaming.
June 13, 2017, LCB journalists published an investigative report on the online casino/bookmaker BurnBet. BurnBet is licensed by the Curacao gambling commission and, according to the license, is owned by Yucatan Gaming N.V. company, the head office of which is registered in the UK. On the BurnBet website, the journalists found 100% fake slots of such vendors as Novomatic, Aristocrat, and EGT, provided by 2WinPower.
Immediately after the publication, LCB received the letter from BurnBet representatives, in which they were claiming that the casino was popular among players and was always paying their winnings. However, the BurnBet preferred not to mention the fact that the fake software allows for manipulating the results of the game.
June 23, 2017, LCB management and journalists started receiving threats from Tinka Prinčič, BurnBet CEO, via Facebook. The similar threats started being sent by an anonymous person with Slovenian IP-address via LCB live-chat. It’s worth noting that Tinka Prinčič is a citizen of Slovenia.
LCB employees were threatened with bodily harm for published facts. They were demanded that all the adverse content about BurnBet was removed from LCB website. Based on the text of these threats, it may be deduced that the representatives of Slovenian and Italian organized crime are behind the online casino/bookmaker BurnBet. In particular, a certain “Gerardo”, a representative of an organized criminal group from Sicily, Italy, was mentioned. The threats were articulated in not quite correct English. Nevertheless, based on them, it may be concluded that the above-mentioned person is involved in the murder of Giuseppe Dainotti, who is one of the leaders of the of Sicilian organized crime, shot dead in Palermo (Sicily, Italy) on May 22, 2017.
Further investigation of LCB journalists revealed the connection between BurnBet, Tinka Prinčič, and the provider of counterfeit casino software — Desoft Gaming, mentioned in the beginning of this article. The LCB representatives reached Desoft Gaming, pretending the prospective customers. During the correspondence, Desoft Gaming manager said that the company has about 1.000.000 customers/gamers, and its annual income is EUR 53.000.000.
On top of that, in the course of conversation with Desoft Gaming representative, at least one more brand using the pirated software was discovered — it is called BetMaxValue.
A closer look at Tinka Prinčič’s Facebook profile revealed her acquaintance with a certain Dejan Krapež, presenting himself as the head of Desoft Gaming. Information that Dejan Krapež is a director of Desoft Ltd. (85 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 7LT, UK) is also kept in the UK companies public register — Company Check UK.
According to financial documents, the company had zero financial activity in 2015 and 2016. Perhaps, this is due to the fact that Desoft Gaming financial transactions are carried out by companies, registered in different jurisdictions.
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