Massive Illegal Online Gambling Bust in the USA

Published Thursday, April 11, 2013 -

American authorities have again cracked down on illegal online gambling in the USA. A recent headline in the news is an announcement by the FBI that they have apprehended thirty-four individuals and 23 entities and indicted them on charges of operating an illegal sports bookmaking business.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma Sanford C. Coats announced the arrests indicating the illegal operation solicited more than $1 billion in illegal wagers. Bartice Alan King a forty two year old from Texas is alleged to have masterminded the operation that operated internet and telephone gambling services from San Jose, Costa Rica and Panama City. Legendz Sports, which has been operating since 2003 allegedly used bookies located in the United States.

The indictment alleges Legendz Sports expanded the number of gamblers who opened wagering accounts by offering credit and pre paid betting. The indictment suggests there was as much as $ one billion dollars wagered at the illegal gambling locations. Acting Assistant Attorney General Raman commented on the bust, “These defendants allegedly participated in an illegal sports gambling business, lining their pockets with profits from over a billion dollars in illegal gambling proceeds,” Raman continued, “Today’s charges demonstrate that we are as determined as ever to hold accountable those involved in facilitating illegal online gambling by U.S. citizens, regardless of where the business operates or where the defendants reside.”

U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats said, “The defendants cannot hide the allegedly illegal sports gambling operation behind corporate veils or state and international boundaries,” Coats added, “I thank the IRS and FBI for their diligent work over several years to investigate this billion dollar international gambling enterprise.” Andrea D. Whelan, Internal Revenue Service Special Agent in Charge, said, “Combining the financial investigative expertise of the IRS with the skills and resources of the FBI makes a formidable team for combating major, greed-driven crimes,” “This massive indictment is the result of our highly effective law enforcement partnership.”

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