Wife and Manager of Kidnapped 5Dimes Owner Met to Make Payment

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Jagajeet Chiba
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A Diario report reveals that the wife of kidnapped 5Dimes owner communicated with a manager of the betting firm to send more than $700K in Bitcoin ransom to Cuba hours after Sean "Tony" Creighton allegedly disappeared.


Creighton, 43 and originally from Bridgeport, West Virginia, was allegedly ambushed on September 25 by up to five armed men, one reportedly of dark complexion who spoke good English.  

His current wife told authorities she paid $750K ransom via Bitcoin and have yet to hear back.  Experts familiar with the 5Dimes operation were quick to suggest this to be a fraction of what 5Dimes would have on hand.

"Tony" was last seen September 25 in the area of San Isidro, Heredia and driving a Porsche Cayenne Turbo vehicle.  That vehicle has since been located by Costa Rican police.

Sean "Tony" Creighton on video camera leaving the office just prior to his disappearance

A source tells Diario that there were three communications made from Cuba to Creighton's wife, one of which lasted as long as 20 minutes.  Costa Rica does not have a restrictive relation with Cuba as does the United States. 

That media outlet is also reporting that a security guard who worked in the 5Dimes office is also under heavy scrutiny at this time as is another individual, believed to have worked security at a nearby educational instruction center.  Gambling911.com has confirmed that Creighton did not utilize a personal security detail outside of the office.

5Dimes continues to operate, however, customers continue to express concerns over the future of the nearly 20-year-old wagering business without Creighton's presence and direction.

The company issued a vague statement the other night via Twitter acknowledging the disappearance of its owner while ensuring "it's business as usual".

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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