Online gambling executive arrested on state charges
Gambling industry experts agree: If you operate an offshore gaming Web site, stay out of the U.S.
Moments after stepping foot on American soil Thursday, Sportingbet PLC Chairman Peter Dicks became the second British offshore sports betting executive arrested in recent months for illegal online gambling in the U.S. Former BetOnSports PLC Chief Executive Officer David Carruthers was arrested on federal charges in July.
It's still unclear if the arrest is a coincidence or part of a government ...
Sep 8, 2006, 5:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Another online gambling executive arrested in U.S.
More than $1.5 billion (U.S.) in market value evaporated from the global online gambling industry yesterday after U.S. authorities arrested Peter Dicks, the chairman of Britain's Sportingbet PLC.
Dicks, 64, was arrested in New York on a warrant issued in Louisiana for gambling by computer. His arrest comes less than two months after former BetOnSports PLC chief executive David Carruthers was arrested, charged with crimes including racketeering and fraud.
Legal risk in the online gaming se ...
Sep 8, 2006, 5:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning lottery tickets unlucky for burglary ring
Winning lottery tickets turned out not to be so lucky for some burglary suspects.
Thanks to an alert clerk who notified police that the winning scratch-off tickets she was asked to cash were stolen, three people have been arrested and two others are being sought in connection with a series of burglaries in Buffalo and Hamburg. One of the suspects has been charged with an Amherst burglary and additional charges are possible.
The break-ins occurred in July, including five in one night in Ha ...
Sep 1, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Six indicted in alleged $48 million lottery operation
Suspected ring leaders of an underground lottery operation were indicted Thursday on charges of illegal gambling and money laundering in a scheme police say may have netted $48 million over five years.
According to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott, Prasert Somsinsawasdi, 59, and his wife, Noy Somsinsawasdi, 46, ran the Sacramento-area lottery operation out of residences, Asian markets and small video stores, none of which were licensed lottery retailers.
Karen Ernst, an F ...
Aug 25, 2006, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
WOW, TALK ABOUT ADDICTION: Woman stole $2.3M to buy lottery tickets
This is not the kind of jackpot one Long Island woman probably had in mind.
The former bookkeeper for a doctors' office pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree grand larceny, admitting she stole more than $2.3 million that she used to buy lottery tickets. Prosecutors, who described the bookkeeper as having a gambling addiction, said the woman spent as much as $6,000 a day playing various lotto and scratch-off lottery games.
She spent most of it to feed her pathological addiction, said ...
Aug 23, 2006, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
More offshore gambling arrests
New case involves same pattern of offshore web site accepting sportsbets from US residents over the phone
Four men were indicted for allegedly running an illegal offshore gambling operation, federal authorities said.
The U.S. attorney's office reported Wednesday that four men have been indicted in connection with an ongoing investigation into a gambling and money laundering scheme that allegedly involves facilitating illegal betting through a Costa Rica-based Web site.
According to the ...
Aug 17, 2006, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Former BETonSPORTS CEO Carruthers freed on bond
David Carruthers, the former chief executive of indicted online gaming company BETonSPORTS Plc, was freed on Wednesday on $1 million bond with strict curbs on his movements.
Carruthers, 48, must wear an electronic monitoring device and remain confined to a St. Louis residence except for special circumstances until his trial on racketeering and fraud charges, according to the court-ordered terms of his bond.
BETonSPORTS fired Carruthers after his July 16 arrest during a layover at a Texas ...
Aug 16, 2006, 5:21 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. store clerk accused of stealing woman's winning lottery ticket
Tammy Church thought her first-ever scratch-off ticket was a winner. The store clerk told her otherwise.
Now, he's charged with a felony for stealing Church's winning lottery ticket. Josh Wesley Price, 32, of Lenoir, is charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Police are looking into other possible scams involving Price and other winning tickets.
Church bought the scratch-off ticket at Wilco Hess on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir on Aug. 1, said Lenoir Police Lt. Brent Phe ...
Aug 11, 2006, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Online gambling company says it will lock out U.S. bettors
fBETonSPORTS, the online gambling company targeted by federal prosecutors in Missouri and Washington, is shuttering the majority of its billion-dollar operations and will no longer accept bets from the United States, a company spokesman said Thursday evening.
The move was seen as a significant victory for prosecutors targeting online gambling and as somewhat of a surprise. Industry experts and even a company insider had predicted that BetOn Sports would simply ignore the federal criminal pros ...
Aug 11, 2006, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
BETonSPORTS Shutting U.S. Gambling Sites
BetOnSports PLC, the British-based Internet gambling company that has been charged with fraud and racketeering in the United States, said Friday it will shut down its services for American gamblers.
BETonSPORTS said it plans to stop operating in Costa Rica and Antigua from where it accepted wagers from tens of thousands of customers in the United States as soon as possible following a U.S. federal court order for the company to stop taking bets from the country.
Shares in the company were ...
Aug 11, 2006, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum