Online gambling world watches U.S. case
BetOnSports indictment may show limits of American authorities' control
When prosecutor Marty Woelfle went before a federal judge this week to lay out her case against an online gambling firm, she faced a daunting legal challenge from the company she was prosecuting: No one bothered to show up.
There would seem to be good reason for BetOnSports PLC to hire attorneys. The firm is facing a 22-count indictment on fraud and racketeering charges filed in the U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Th ...
Aug 3, 2006, 10:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Bail set at $1m for UK internet gaming boss
The former BETonSPORTS chief executive David Carruthers is likely to be released on $1m bail within days under a deal with the American government which would allow him to live in the Midwestern city of St Louis until his trial for organizing illegal gambling.
Mr. Carruthers was one of eight people connected to BETonSPORTS who appeared in Missouri's federal court yesterday to enter pleas of not guilty in relation to charges of fraud, racketeering and unlawful gaming.
Among the others caugh ...
Aug 1, 2006, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
Not guilty pleas entered in online gambling case
The former chief executive of one of the world's largest online gambling companies, BetOnSports, will remain in federal custody after pleading not guilty Monday to charges of mail and wire fraud and racketeering.
David Carruthers, 48, was one of several BetOnSports PLC employees and associates named in a federal 22-count indictment who pleaded not guilty.
Neil Kaplan and Lori Kaplan Multz, the brother and sister of BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan, were among those pleading not guilty.
Aug 1, 2006, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
BETonSPORTS Fires Jailed CEO
Wagering firm distances itself from colorful founder and Costa Rica
Embattled online gambling firm BETonSPORTS dealt its incarcerated chief executive out of the game with a terse announcement Tuesday that David Carruthers has been terminated.
The company also put some distance between its operations and BETonSPORTS founder Gary Stephen Kaplan, who was charged with 20 felony violations and is currently on the lam.
Mr. Carruthers, who was arrested in a U.S. dragnet nine days ago as he cha ...
Jul 26, 2006, 3:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery Employee Arrested for Stealing Tickets
A Michigan Lottery employee was facing larceny and embezzlement charges for his alleged scheme to steal scratch-off tickets, Thursday.
51-year-old Larry Adams worked for the Michigan Lottery Commission as a sales representative. It was his job to acquire contracts with stores to sell the lottery scratch-off games.
When a game is discontinued the unsold tickets are supposed to be pickup by another person to be destroyed, but instead, prosecutors said, Adams would go to the stores and take ...
Jul 21, 2006, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
All Gambling operators' eyes on BETonSPORTS hearing
Forth Worth, Texas, is the center of attention for the entire online gambling world today. Operators, executives, investors, financial advisors anxiously wait the outcome of David Carruthers' detention hearing which will take place this morning in Forth Worth.
The DoJ wants David Carruthers to be extradited to Missouri. The DoJ is also requesting Mr. Carruthers to be denied bail. Carruthers was taken into custody by federal agents last Sunday in Dallas.
The British media alleged that the F ...
Jul 21, 2006, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
Sports-Betting Operation Shuts Web Site
An offshore sports-betting operation targeted by U.S. prosecutors shut down its Web site Tuesday night, a day after a federal judge ordered the company to stop letting Americans place wagers.
BetOnSports PLC said it was temporarily stopping all transactions while it reviewed the situation.
Earlier on Tuesday, the site had appeared to be operating normally, offering bets on Major League baseball and season-opening college football games.
The company's founder, Gary Stephen Kaplan, the ...
Jul 19, 2006, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
Analysts say online gambling law a bad idea
'Moral crusade ... is wrong for about 1,000 reasons'
Yesterday, the Department of Justice [DOJ] announced charges against 11 individuals and four companies accused of taking sports bets from U.S. residents in the $12 billion a year online gambling industry.
The charges focused on the persons and companies that supported BetonSports PLC, a U.K. incorporated, publicly traded company and popular Internet sportsbook that claims to have 1.2 million registered users.
The view of the DOJ is a ...
Jul 19, 2006, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Gambling industry adjusting after CEO arrest
Next week's big online gambling conference in Las Vegas may turn out to be a washout as a number of individuals invited are thinking of cancelling their trip in the wake of the indictments of senior directors at BetonSports.
The annual conference, organised by Bodog.com, is a must-go event for industry executives, but the arrest of the BetonSports chief executive David Carruthers on entry to the US has made people think twice about attending.
Bodog.com's chief executive, the Canadian maver ...
Jul 19, 2006, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Dallas arrest sparks fears of internet gambling crackdown
Analysts say timing of arrest may be designed to influence legislative process
The internet gambling industry was in disarray last night after the Scottish chief executive of BetOnSports, the Costa Rica-based operator, was arrested by the US federal authorities at Dallas Fort Worth airport.
In a brief hearing at a federal district court in Fort Worth, Texas, prosecutors said that David Carruthers and several others were charged with conspiracy to offer bets on professional and college spor ...
Jul 18, 2006, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum