Illegal Gambling Site Brought Down by US DOJ
May 19, 2006 2:23 AM
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The indictment against two people running an illegal online gambling site was unsealed yesterday
The US Department of Justice
has shut down a web site operated by
William Scott and Jessica Davis, who were allegedly using an online casino and sports gambling web site to launder money. WorldWide Telesports Inc. allegedly allowed gamblers to place bets via toll-free telephone numbers and various Internet web sites that were operated by the company. Scott also faces charges after he failed to report foreign bank accounts to the Internal Revenue Service. The recently unsealed 12-count indictment claims that Davis and Scott operated the $2.5B USD offshore site that had American gamblers send money from the United States down to Antigua.
The Associated Press
The indictment says the defendants obtained $2.5 billion in unlawful proceeds from telephone and internet gambling. The government is seeking $250 million through forfeiture in hopes it can collect the fees kept by the defendants.
Both suspects are currently on the run. Interestingly enough, there are very few bodies of government that regulate online gambling sites, particularly because the sites can be run from off-shore servers and yet still operate in the US. Certainly, this is not the last we've seen of such criminal activities.
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5/19/2006 1:31:43 PM
It all starts with the consumers. If idiots want to blow their money at gambling websites, let them. Its disturbing that such gambling trends are so widespread that the owners of these sites are making billions off them. Such is life. Millions of people apparently like the idea of pouring money into a couple of people's pockets otherwise they wouldn't be doing it. Its not like they were robbed.
In an ideal world nobody gambles because its really a stupid pursuit that does nothing and accomplishes nothing but the wasting of vasts sums of money and time.
RE: Gambling, drugs
5/19/2006 9:31:21 PM
Really? So someone who collects beanie babies or cars or stamps is wasting vasts sums or money and time? Someone who runs model trains for a hobby is wasting vast sums of money and time? You know if you follow your logic, all of these hobbies are stupid pursuits that does nothing and accomplishes nothing.
It's just something people enjoy doing and gambling is one of those things. As long as it's in moderation, there is nothing wrong with it. There's a reason why Vegas is the #1 tourist destination in the world. It looks like there are very few people who share your opinion. So why don't you crawl back into your hole where you came out of hiding from and keep your moronic opinions to yourself. Cheers
RE: Gambling, drugs
5/20/2006 4:12:44 PM
True. Someone who does OTHER things that 'waste' money are okay, but when it comes to gambling it isn't?
That just seems like stupidity, and taking the gambling prohibition in the 'bible' too far.
Gambling in moderation is okay, just like DRINKING in moderation is okay. There are some people who CANNOT do that, but you should NOT blame that on an industry that were NOT made to be babysitters.
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