Online Gambling is Illegal, the FBI Warns
If you’ve ever thought about visiting a cyber casino, here’s something
you should know: it’s illegal to gamble online in the United States.
“You can go to Vegas. You can go to Atlantic City. You can go to a racetrack.
You can go to those places and gamble legally. But don’t do it online.
It’s against the law,” says Leslie Bryant, head of our Cyber Crime
Fraud unit at FBI Headquarters.
… No placing cyber bets on sporting events or in virtual card games;
… No transferring money electronically for gambling; and
… No wagers in offshore Internet casinos even if you live in the U.S.
What’s allowed? Some free online games, fantasy leagues, and Indian gaming
sites that aren’t strictly defined as Internet gambling.
It’s also illegal for businesses to run gambling websites and to solicit
online bets. Even companies handling transactions for cyberspace bettors can
face federal charges.
Cracking down. Strategy for tackling illegal online gambling is to start with
the companies providing the services in the first place.
“We’re going after the people making the money—the owners
of these virtual casinos, gaming rooms, and off-track betting parlors,”
"We currently have about a dozen of these cases in motion. One of the biggest
came last July when a federal grand jury in St. Louis returned a 22-count indictment
against 11 individuals and four companies for their involvement in illegal online
gaming and related activities. On May 24, one of the companies—BetonSports—
pled guilty to racketeering charges in the case," Bryant added.
The FBI has also had success against companies supporting the money flows behind
virtual gambling. In January, for example, two Canadians were charged with operating
an Internet payment services company that transferred billions of dollars in
illegal gambling proceeds between U.S. citizens and the owners of online gambling
sites outside the country.
In 2003, another Internet financial services company paid $10 million in a civil
agreement to settle allegations that it aided illegal offshore and online gambling
agreements. The U.S. government has also settled several cases with online businesses
that have accepted money to market virtual gambling operations.
Think a little online gambling can’t cost you? Don’t bet on it.
Even if you don’t get caught gambling, you could well lose the money you
have in an online gaming account if the company faces charges, since the U.S.
government seizes assets in these cases whenever possible.
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