Uwe Karsten Lenhoff

German scam and boiler room operator

updated: 19/01/2020

The German Uwe Karsten LENHOFF was a veteran in the gaming, gambling, and sports betting industry. He typically operated in stealth mode with offshore entities, trustees, nominee directors. He has been arrested in Austria in January 2019 and subsequently extradited to Germany where is and his co-conspirators are waiting for the indictment. The authorities charge him of running a cybercriminal organization focused on online investment fraud, boiler rooms, and money-laundering.

Lenhoff and his cybercrime organization have been the beneficial owners and perpetrators behind large binary options scams like Option888, XMarkets, TradoVest, or TradeInvest90. Some of these binary options scams have been jointly operated with the also arrested Israeli Gal Barak.

In summer 2016, Lenhoff co-founded Veltyco Group PLC, a public-listed company serving as legal front entity for the cybercrime organization. The real-estate investor Dirk Jan Bakker, Netherlands, and the German Falk Preussner have been partners in Lenhoff’s venture. In his many scams and online frauds, Lenhoff worked closely with the Dutch FinTech entrepreneur Rudolph Booker and his Payvision.

LENHOFF is the beneficial owner of ALTAIR Entertainment N.V., a Curacao-based company with an egaming license that is used to run a variety of online egaming ventures such as KULBET, LOTTOPALACE or 4YOUBET. He is the co-founder, shareholder and business developer behind the public-listed UK-company VELTYCO. In 2017, LENOFF entered the crypto-scene with investments into VARKASSO (8CRypt) and Esports.com, two highly disputed crypto-ventures.

The Bet90 Story

In February 2020, approximately one year after Lenhoff was arrested Veltyco Group was renamed into Bet90 Holdings PLC. For good reasons, we may guess.

LENHOFF has been one of the driving forces behind the Cologne-based BET90 sports betting ventures around Ingo SAAGER. Historically, the BET90 betting automates have been designed by the Cologne-based CRYPTO TEC around Michael MERTENS and Michael RAUMANN. In 2017, BET90 has been taken over by VELTYCO.

LENHOFF is a close friend of Alex BURES a Slovakian living in London who was one of his lieutenants in his money-laundering operations.

Furthermore, LENHOFF as a network of companies registered in Sofia (Bulgaria) such as Winslet Enterprises Ltd, UNIM Ltd, KUL Investment, Savora Consulting Ltd, All E-Sports Ltd, or XENOS Group 24.

Personal Data

  • Citizen: Germany
  • Residence: arrested in Germany
  • Born: 1963

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