Anatomy of an investigation and why IFW Global is a leader when it comes to cracking big cases.
When IFW Global Chairman and leading global cybercrime fighter Ken Gamble received phone call in early 2020 from a businessman in Asia, who was concerned he’d been scammed, it set in motion an investigation that would eventually see a notoriously elusive conman arrested by police.
It was an exceptionally difficult case because of the way a company and its website had been structured to conceal its owners and block members of the public from viewing the website promotional material, spruiking an international sports betting scam. These are hallmarks of how a notorious conman conceals his identity.
Peter Clarence Foster, has spent a lifetime conning people through elaborate financial scams, evading police in various countries and seemingly escaping proper convictions through the courts for his crimes.
IFW Global Chairman Ken Gamble said: “Foster is a serial conman and financial predator, scamming hundreds of people from all walks of life in elaborate get rich schemes. He has never shown remorse for his victims, and continues to offend every time he’s released from prison”
On this occasion though, there was no getting around Ken Gamble’s experience, determination and skills. He was on the case immediately when the scam was uncovered and would play a pivotal role in exposing Foster’s latest activity, while leading police to his hideout in the far North Queensland’s popular coastal tourist spot of Port Douglas.
“I am not the only one happy about Foster’s arrest. So are hundreds of victims in Australia who have never seen any justice served after they fell victim to one of his scams. The IFW surveillance team in Port Douglas 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”.
Foster is now under arrest and facing multiple allegations by police that he has been involved in money laundering and fraud. Ken Gamble’s investigation helped kickstart a NSW Police Strike Force targeting Foster for this particular case. He now sees the convicted criminal facing the most serious charges in his life.
Evidence Gathering And Commitment
It’s not the first time Ken has been involved in outsmarting Foster. He was hired by a media organisation to find his hideout in 2014 that led to an arrest and exposed a $30 Million scam called Sports Trading Club, masterminded by Foster.
“This is not the first time I’ve spent months tracking Foster. The Sports Trading Club Partnership scheme netted him about $30 million in criminal proceeds but he evaded serious charges for that scam and only served 12 months in a New South Wales prison”.
With that case in the back of his mind, Ken knew he had to work fast and commit a lot of hours in order to stay several steps ahead of Foster. The conman is incredibly cunning and elusive when he thinks he’s the target of an investigation. The clock was ticking in order to prevent him from going to ground for good.