An online casino has been caught using gambling games to defraud customers and get refunds.
The gaming website GameCafe.com has been busted by the FBI and has agreed to pay $30,000 in fines and court costs, according to a court filing from the federal Bureau of Consumer Protection.
The agency alleges that the company’s gambling game, called “Cash Games,” allowed customers to pay with cash to secure a “quick and dirty win” in a “game” where the money is usually generated through the “use of an online account” instead of actual gambling.
“Cash Games allows users to gamble with real money, and the user can purchase games for as little as $2.99 each,” the court filing said.
“Users can use their own money to purchase games, and it is then converted into cash when the game ends.”
It also alleges that GameCafes servers are used to facilitate the purchase of games.
“The Company was using its servers to process the payments that were made to the user accounts,” the filing said, adding that the payment system was designed to make it easier for users to access and use the games they were playing.
The bureau said it was “very pleased” with the decision.
“GameCafe’s conduct is unacceptable, and its conduct violates the law, and we will aggressively pursue these allegations,” it said in a statement.
“We will continue to work with federal and state regulators to ensure that any business that engages in this type of fraudulent conduct is prosecuted.”
GameCafees website was not immediately available for comment.