Involved in a vast fraud case, the founder of the sports prediction site PronoClub, Thomas Boursin, was arrested and taken into custody by investigators from the judicial police, learns 20 minutes from concordant sources. The suspect will be presented to the prosecution this Friday afternoon. “It is a relief”, reacts Me Olivier Géral who defends “a very large number of victims”. About 200 fraud complaints were filed against the site with the public prosecutor of Nanterre, including one from the National Gaming Authority (ANJ).
Thomas Boursin was arrested Wednesday in Rennes by investigators from the Central Service of Races and Games (SCCJ) and the PJ of Rennes, “while he was going to get into his Mercedes vehicle,” says Stéphane Pialat, head of the SCCJ. A search was carried out at his home as well as that of his father in Avranche (Manche).
This social network connecting bettors and sports forecasters, headquartered in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine) and which is run by Thomas Boursin, 24, is suspected of having defrauded hundreds of users. . Dozens of complaints, dating back to November 2020, have been entrusted to the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of the Populations (DDPP) and to the central service of races and games, added the prosecution.
Several million damage
Following these complaints, an investigation was opened for “snowball sales”; a system of sales by sponsorship, falling under an infringement of the Consumer Code. At the beginning of September, 43 new complaints were registered, this time for “fraud”, and joined to the first procedure.
The National Gaming Authority (ANJ) also lodged a complaint for “fraud” on June 11 before the prosecution. The majority of complaints are aimed at a specific service of the platform, which offered users to invest their money to be played for them. But this service was “closed in the spring”, announces The Parisian. According to our information, the damage suffered by the victims is estimated at between 10 and 12 million euros. But this amount could be much larger in relation to the number of potential victims. “It is of a rather rare scale”, judge Olivier Géral. “Now we’ll have to get our hands on the money. “
Also according to our information, the police seized 500,000 euros on various bank accounts as well as a sedan. “Now we will have to carry out work to find the funds that have surely been placed right to left,” said divisional commissioner Stéphane Pialat.