Swindler from Middlesbrough defrauded casinos

A Middlesbrough native has admitted several fraud offences at casinos. He admitted at Southwark Crown Court three counts of swindle, three of cheating at gaming, and two of stealing. The Gambling Act 2005 was enacted in 2005 and has resulted in three prosecutions.


All leading casinos have banned Sahami for cheating. The Iranian-born man utilized four fake identities to gamble at London casinos. He committed the frauds in the period March – July 2009. Membership cards or British driving licenses backed the fake identities.


The police estimates that he would make approximately £25 - £130 per swindle or theft. “It’s hard to determine the exact amount that he gained with his offences. We do know for sure that he would commit several crimes at a time,” Scotland Yard stated.

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Sahami was detained after surveillance cameras at Gala Casino exposed his actions. Detective inspector Ann Marie Waller from the Metropolitan Police commented: “He was a bold and resolute swindler who defrauded casinos and stole from other gamblers.” Sahami will be convicted at the Crown Court in London on November 5.
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