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Costa Rica not caving to U.S. gambling arrests
Costa Rica finds itself in the middle of the fight between U.S. authorities and the online gambling industry. Think of Costa Rica and flashes of colorful birds, bright beaches and long hikes through the rain forest come to mind. But several recent arrests and indictments have thrust the country into the spotlight for another, less savory reason: its cozy relationship with the online gambling industry. The industry is under fire from U.S. authorities, helping create the notion that this sma ...
Sep 25, 2006, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery commissioner on lottery firm payroll for years
Four years before North Carolina lawmakers created the state lottery, a for-profit lottery company was paying former state lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings to work as a consultant, a company executive said Monday at Geddings' fraud trial. Patrick Traub, an executive at Scientific Games Corp., affirmed government evidence showing that Geddings received $9,668.66 in April 2001 from a company later acquired by Scientific Games. An invoice from Geddings' public relations firm stated the payme ...
Sep 25, 2006, 1:51 pm - Lottery News forum

Woman sentenced to life in prison for slaying of lottery winner
A 23-year-old woman has been convicted of helping kidnap her lottery-winning brother-in-law and then executing the man, who was also her lover, with a shot to the head. Victoria Jackson was sentenced to life in prison immediately after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the July 2005 slaying of Jeffrey Dampier, an Illinois lottery winner turned Florida popcorn entrepreneur who was married to Jackson's sister. Prosecutors said Jackson and boyfriend Nathaniel Jackson, ...
Sep 22, 2006, 2:08 pm - Lottery News forum

Update: French arrests of BWIN Executives
Arrests called 'scandalous' by company; French lottery monopolists may be behind the moves Friday's surprise arrests in France of two senior BWIN executives introducing a company sponsorship to the AS Monaco football club elicited an immediate expression of outrage from the Austrian public company. French lottery officials admitted the detentions were inspired by similar US Department of Justice attacks against international businessmen visiting the United States recently. BWIN joint ma ...
Sep 16, 2006, 1:42 pm - Lottery News forum

Now France targets gaming firms
Shares in the leading betting companies fell heavily after the French authorities arrested the two chief executives of an Austrian gambling firm, signalling the start of a major French crackdown on online betting. Manfred Bodner and Norbert Teufelberger, the heads of Bwin, were arrested as they unveiled a shirt sponsorship deal for Monaco football club. advertisementAn officer in the French intelligence service said the authorities had been investigating the company since last year, but said ...
Sep 16, 2006, 12:42 pm - Lottery News forum

Convenience Store Employee Accused Of Altering Lottery Tickets
A northern Kentucky woman has been indicted for allegedly altering lottery tickets. Catlettsburg convenience store employee Barbara Steele of Ashland was indicted by a Boyd County grand jury last week. Steele, 26, faces one count of lottery fraud, a crime punishable by five to 10 years in prison. The indictment accuses Steele of altering stolen state lottery tickets at the Fast Lane store in Catlettsburg with the intent to defraud. Commonwealths Attorney J. Stewart Schneider says Steele ...
Sep 12, 2006, 7:04 am - Lottery News forum

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