Sussex's cleverest criminal back behind bars

The Argus: Alistair Peckover, back behind bars Alistair Peckover, back behind bars

A man dubbed Sussex’s cleverest criminal is back behind bars after breaching an order intended to stop him offending.

Alistair Peckover assumed false identities to fleece online gambling sites.

He was the first person in Sussex to be given a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) just a few months ago.

Serial fraudster Peckover, from Crawley, had been convicted of fraud for the third time in three years and police hoped the stringent conditions set in the SCPO would stop him undertaking any more criminal activity.

But Peckover breached his SCPO last week whilst committing further fraud.

He assumed two new identities, using the names James Green and Stephen Chalk.

Using both names he opened up multiple gambling accounts with online casinos, giving false addresses, email accounts and fraudulent proof of identity.

Roulette scam

He then discovered a way to manipulate online games to guarantee no loss when playing and making thousands of pounds.

One of his scams was betting on red or black in roulette.

He would gamble £1,000 on red but also £1 on black while running the software.

If red came in he would collect the winnings but if it was black the bet was cancelled and he would simply play again.

Misuse Following inquiries by detectives from the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit, he was arrested on Thursday, October 11, and charged with breaching his SCPO and with two offences of computer misuse.

Detective Inspector Ali Eaton of the Economic Crime Unit said: “He discovered a way to manipulate online games to guarantee no loss when playing and making thousands of pounds.

“There is no doubt he will get a lengthy prison sentence this time but what else needs to be done to stop |his persistent criminal activity?”

Peckover, now known as William Graeme Peckover, of Sheppey Close, Broadfield, appeared at Haywards Heath Magistrates’ Court and has been remanded in custody.

He is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court for sentencing.

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11:29am Wed 14 Nov 12

Discombobulated says...

Cleverest = getting caught three times in three years?

I'm obviously missing something in the definition of cleverest.
Cleverest = getting caught three times in three years? I'm obviously missing something in the definition of cleverest. Discombobulated

12:36pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Nikski says...

Discombobulated wrote:
Cleverest = getting caught three times in three years? I'm obviously missing something in the definition of cleverest.
It's not easy getting caught so many times - the guy is clearly a genius!
[quote][p][bold]Discombobulated[/bold] wrote: Cleverest = getting caught three times in three years? I'm obviously missing something in the definition of cleverest.[/p][/quote]It's not easy getting caught so many times - the guy is clearly a genius! Nikski

12:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

qm says...

I fail to see a crime here, he is accused of fleecing online gambling sites which in turn fleece people silly enough to use them.
Is this a case of organisations indulging in what some may see as being criminal activity being bitten in the bum?
I fail to see a crime here, he is accused of fleecing online gambling sites which in turn fleece people silly enough to use them. Is this a case of organisations indulging in what some may see as being criminal activity being bitten in the bum? qm

1:31pm Wed 14 Nov 12

dawind says...

"Detective Inspector Ali Eaton of the Economic Crime Unit said: “He discovered a way to manipulate online games to guarantee no loss when playing and making thousands of pounds."

That's a definition of legal online gambling sites!
"Detective Inspector Ali Eaton of the Economic Crime Unit said: “He discovered a way to manipulate online games to guarantee no loss when playing and making thousands of pounds." That's a definition of legal online gambling sites! dawind

4:07pm Wed 14 Nov 12

qm says...

dawind wrote:
"Detective Inspector Ali Eaton of the Economic Crime Unit said: “He discovered a way to manipulate online games to guarantee no loss when playing and making thousands of pounds."

That's a definition of legal online gambling sites!
Is it really?
Gosh, the situation is worse than I thought.

Note to self: Redefine definition . . . . .
[quote][p][bold]dawind[/bold] wrote: "Detective Inspector Ali Eaton of the Economic Crime Unit said: “He discovered a way to manipulate online games to guarantee no loss when playing and making thousands of pounds." That's a definition of legal online gambling sites![/p][/quote]Is it really? Gosh, the situation is worse than I thought. Note to self: Redefine definition . . . . . qm

5:51pm Wed 14 Nov 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

So all the online gambling sites do this legally whilst one person does it illegally?

I wish him more luck in the future to not being found out.
So all the online gambling sites do this legally whilst one person does it illegally? I wish him more luck in the future to not being found out. getThisCoalitionOut

6:48pm Wed 14 Nov 12

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

Sounds like companies losing out through a self inflicted lack of spend in their online software security, the police should not have to act to compensate for this & maybe even refuse to get involved until security is improved
Sounds like companies losing out through a self inflicted lack of spend in their online software security, the police should not have to act to compensate for this & maybe even refuse to get involved until security is improved ShorehamBeachcomber

8:34pm Wed 14 Nov 12

city-boy says...

B ***** hero!

Release the cleverest 1!

There are a lot of unanswered questions about so called gambling sites. Looks like he got one up on them.........

Still not sure about his system though, can he release a book? lol.

Just kidding. :) bit of fun.
B ***** hero! Release the cleverest 1! There are a lot of unanswered questions about so called gambling sites. Looks like he got one up on them......... Still not sure about his system though, can he release a book? lol. Just kidding. :) bit of fun. city-boy

11:23am Thu 15 Nov 12

martyt says...

he should do a book and charge a tenner
for it ,he would make a fortune
he should do a book and charge a tenner for it ,he would make a fortune martyt

11:27am Thu 15 Nov 12

boblat says...

Brilliant~~ripping off the rip off's..Don't they just hate it when their cheap security is breached??
The man should NOT be jailed, but used by 'activist' groups to infiltrate corrupt and thieving organisations intent on stealing peoples money..
Good wishes Alistar, hope you can keep your activities above the law, or cover your arse better????
Brilliant~~ripping off the rip off's..Don't they just hate it when their cheap security is breached?? The man should NOT be jailed, but used by 'activist' groups to infiltrate corrupt and thieving organisations intent on stealing peoples money.. Good wishes Alistar, hope you can keep your activities above the law, or cover your arse better???? boblat

11:29am Thu 15 Nov 12

Cash Bull says...

qm wrote:
dawind wrote:
"Detective Inspector Ali Eaton of the Economic Crime Unit said: “He discovered a way to manipulate online games to guarantee no loss when playing and making thousands of pounds."

That's a definition of legal online gambling sites!
Is it really?
Gosh, the situation is worse than I thought.

Note to self: Redefine definition . . . . .
He is only made to look like The Master Criminal because Detective Inspector Ali Eaton is comparable to Chief O'hara from Batman
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dawind[/bold] wrote: "Detective Inspector Ali Eaton of the Economic Crime Unit said: “He discovered a way to manipulate online games to guarantee no loss when playing and making thousands of pounds." That's a definition of legal online gambling sites![/p][/quote]Is it really? Gosh, the situation is worse than I thought. Note to self: Redefine definition . . . . .[/p][/quote]He is only made to look like The Master Criminal because Detective Inspector Ali Eaton is comparable to Chief O'hara from Batman Cash Bull

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