Another Poker Player in Alleged World Cup Scam

Another Poker Player in Alleged World Cup Scam

Thursday, 24 July 2014

First Paul Phua and Richard Yong felt the long arm of the law after being accused of running an illegal World Cup betting ring and now another poker player is alleged to have been involved in a scam relating to the football event.

Following a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Alain Barataud stands accused of routinely defrauding football fans out of thousands of dollars during the 2006, 2010 and, most recently, the 2014 World Cup.

According to the Herald, Barataud's latest alleged ruse involved an Australian family and a set of fake VIP tickets.

After convincing the Siva family to pay $6,000 for a set of VIP tickets to the World Cup final, Barataud disappeared and, essentially, left them stranded in Brazil.

According to reports Barataud pulled off the ruse by posing as a FIFA hospitality agent and using counterfeit invoices.

Despite their best efforts the family couldn't track down Barataud and after giving up they decided to tell their story to the Australian publication.

Further investigations have also shown that Barataud allegedly scammed a string of other football fans out of $250,000 during the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Tags: Alain Barataud, World Cup