NY authorities charge 30 with illegal online gambling

Twenty-seven people and three companies face charges related to online gambling in New York indictments.

Twenty-seven people and three corporations face charges related to operating an illegal online gambling operation in indictments announced Wednesday by the Queens District Attorney's Office and the New York City Police Department.

The defendants operated a "highly sophisticated" gambling operation that booked more than US$3.3 billion in wagers over 28 months, the law enforcement authorities said. The operation placed bets on a number of sporting events, including horse racing, football, baseball, hockey and professional tennis, according to a press release from Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

The case is the first time Internet gambling charges have been brought against anyone in the U.S. since President George Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act into law last month. The new law prohibits financial institutions from approving charges related to Internet gambling.

"Internet gambling is a multibillion dollar worldwide industry that for too long has operated with impunity," Brown said in a statement.

Brown accused the operation of being "proficient in the art of secreting and laundering untold millions of dollars ... through casinos, shell corporations, and bank accounts in a variety of locations around the globe."

A 33-count indictment filed in Queens County Supreme Court charges the defendants ran gambling collection rooms in Miami and St. Maarten. Twenty of the defendants are also being sued in a civil case, Brown's office said in the press release.

Among those facing charges are Primary Development Inc. and its Chief Executive Officer Maurice Freeman, accused of developing a sports betting Web site called Playwithal.com. Also indicted were Prolexic Technologies Inc., accused of providing security for Playwithal's servers, and Digital Solutions SA of Costa Rica and its U.S. counterpart D.S. Networks SA Inc., which allegedly provided the gambling site with servers, data and software.

The indictment accuses James W. Giordano of Pine Crest, Florida, of being the boss of the enterprise. Three of his family members also face charges, as do five men who allegedly worked as money collectors, and other people who performed various duties for the gambling operation.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Grant Gross

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?