#relationshipscams | #dating | Peter Foster arrested over alleged betting scam


A NSW Police spokeswoman said investigators would apply for his extradition to NSW.

He is expected to be charged with multiple fraud offences.

While police were monitoring Foster’s movements in the far north Queensland tourist hotspot, so too was private investigator Ken Gamble, chairman of IFW Global, who has been “tailing” Foster for a month.

IFW Global’s investigation into Foster began early this year after Mr Gamble received reports from a “businessman in Asia” who was concerned he had been scammed.

The client said he had been paying Sports Predictions in Bitcoin and had lost around $2 million.

Peter Foster was arrested on Thursday morning on fraud charges. Credit:IFW GLOBAL/blog.ifwglobal.com

“[We] have been tailing Foster for a month, so we have a very comprehensive profile of his activities. It’s been a lot of work that has now paid off,” Mr Gamble said.

He spent several weeks gathering information on the company at the centre of the alleged fraud, Sports Predictions.

IFW Global said the company and its website was structured to conceal its owners and block members of the public from viewing the website promotional material, which allegedly spruiked an international sports betting scam.

Foster left his Gold Coast home for Port Douglas earlier this year. He was eventually followed by Mr Gamble, who claims Foster travelled there with “another accomplice involved in Sport Predictions”.

“I had received intelligence that Foster was in the market for a luxury motor yacht, valued at over a million dollars. It was moored in Port Douglas and is an ocean-going vessel, which suggested to me that he was getting set to leave Australia for good,” Mr Gamble said.

IFW Global said all information it gathered had been passed on to police, who decided to make a move on the serial conman after obtaining authority to issue an arrest warrant. There was also evidence to suggest he had plans to leave his Port Douglas unit on Friday.

After the arrest Foster was taken to his unit in Port Douglas, where a search warrant was executed and computers and other items seized. He was later taken to the police station for interviewing.

Peter Foster walking the beach in Port Douglas.Credit:IFW Global

He travelled in police custody to Cairns on Thursday afternoon ahead of an extradition hearing in court on Friday.

The same firm was previously hired by a media organisation in 2014 to locate Foster living in a house in Ewingsdale near Byron Bay.

Foster had been on the run from authorities over his alleged role in another international gambling syndicate Sports Trading Club, when he was chased through his home by a television crew and tackled into bushes by detectives.

Foster has been involved in several fake weight loss product scams and been jailed for fraud. He also ran a similar gambling company named Sportalists which was shut down in 2012.

In the early 2000s he famously helped Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, buy properties at a discounted rate.

Their unlikely relationship became one of the country’s biggest political scandals, dubbed Cherigate.

In June, he told The Sydney Morning Herald‘s PS column his reputation was “putrid”, but that he was “a changed man.”

Foster said he was unmoved by the prospect of a new podcast featuring explosive secret recordings made by the former maid who was hired to help care for his ailing mother, who died earlier this year.

The recordings included arguments between mother and son over millions of dollars, as well as claims he has two children he refuses to acknowledge.

– with Andrew Hornery

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