Update: The Costa Rica Star is reporting that the body of William Sean Creighton, aka 5Dimes Tony, was found on Saturday. No cause of death was given by authorities. More details as they become available.
Costa Rica authorities are investigating the the disappearance of a sports book owner well-known to bettors here in the U.S.
William Sean Creighton, better known as “Tony,” has owned the 5Dimes sports book based in Costa Rica for almost 18 years.
Police chief Walter Espinoza confirmed Tuesday that his officers are investigating the disappearance of the 43-year-old U.S. expat, who hasn’t been seen since the evening of Sept. 24.
Espinoza wouldn’t confirm reports that Creighton had been kidnapped and that his family had paid a $1 million ransom.
“[The police] has not received nor has it known that a reward is required," Espinoza told reporters.
Creighton was taking a co-worker home late on the night he disappeared. His Porsche Cayenne was found along the side of a road.
Added Espinoza, “We have limited information and we cannot share many details because the life of a person is on the line.”
Creighton and his wife have been targets of U.S. investigations because of 5Dimes’ sports betting activities. In 2016, an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security concluded that 5Dimes devised a mechanism to collect from and reward gamblers living in the United States with Amazon gift cards.
“Many in the mainstream world will scoff, but he is/was a good guy,” a source who knew Creighton well through the sports betting business told VSiN on Tuesday night.
Earlier in his bookmaking career, Creighton gave an interview to Sportsbook Review, which described his entry into the business:
Having excelled as a player and after beating what used to be one of the biggest bookmaking groups in the late 90s, he was offered the opportunity to open his own operation, the site reported.
Tony told SBR, "I live for gaming. People often ask if I’ll ever retire or even take a day off. The answer is “no”. When you love something, it is not a job anymore."