N.Y. Gov. Pataki refuses to extradite gambling CEO, sends him home
A judge cleared a former executive of a British gambling company to return to London on Friday after New York's governor declined to sign a warrant extraditing him to Louisiana, where he is charged with illegal online gambling.
Peter Dicks, the former chairman of Sportingbet PLC, was arrested at Kennedy International Airport on Sept. 6 after customs officials discovered that he was wanted by Louisiana state police.
Offshore Internet gambling, however, is not a crime in New York, and Republ ...
Sep 29, 2006, 1:43 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery fraud trial: E-mail disclosure has witness in tears
An office manager for former state lottery commissioner Kevin L. Geddings broke down in tears on the witness stand Tuesday when she was asked to read for jurors an e-mail message that Geddings had sent her last year.
The message directed Cheri Moore Pfisterer of Charlotte to not disclose that lottery vendor Scientific Games was a client of Geddings' public-relations firm.
Geddings sent the message four days after House Speaker Jim Black appointed him to the lottery commission.
Pls neve ...
Sep 27, 2006, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery fraud trial puts S.C. Lottery under microscope
The federal trial of Kevin L. Geddings is probing as deeply into his pro-lottery work in South Carolina as it is into his activities leading up to his appointment last year to North Carolina's lottery commission.
And the evidence presented so far by prosecutors suggests they see a pattern of conduct payments to Geddings by lottery vendor Scientific Games in exchange for helping the company win lottery business.
Testimony and evidence show that creating a lottery in the Palmetto state ...
Sep 27, 2006, 12:57 pm - Lottery News forum
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