betting and gambling
Internet Gambling Ring Bust in Rhode Island
Steven O’Donnell, State Police Superintendent said that these were arrests were made as a result of an investigation by state, federal and local officials that lasted for eight months.
The men were arrested on Tuesday morning and are now facing charges that include organized criminal gambling, bookmarking and drug offenses.
Among the suspects are were Rhode Island athletes that are known in the area according to reports from the Providence Journal.
Chris Costantino, 24 from Warwick was a pitcher that was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and Sean Furney, 24 from Warwick who was signed in 2013 as a free agent with Arizona Diamondbacks are now facing conspiracy charges and organized criminal gambling.
One of the alleged ringleaders of the gambling operation has been named as Timothy Moretti, who is a 46 year old from Cranston. However, authorities have declined so far to name or to give any details according to WPRI-TV.
The Journal has reported that Moretti is a known associate of the mob and is also a former prison guard that has a long criminal history that includes illegal gambling charges and drug charges.… Read the rest
According to sources and court documents, nearly $3 million was transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to a middleman as part of an illegal gambling operation that took and placed bets on sporting events.
Phil Mickelson is a 5 time major winner and is also one of the most popular and wealthiest players on the PGA Tour, but he has not been charged nor is he under federal investigation.
However, last week a 56 year old former sports gambler has pled guilty for being a channel to an offshore gambling operation and for laundering about $2.75 million.
Gregory Silveria has come to an agreement with prosecutors and has pled guilty to three counts of money laundering from a gambling client that has not been named between February 2010 and February 2013.
Mickelson has not been named, but sources say that the unnamed client is he. Mickelson though could not be contacted for comment and Glenn Cohen his personal attorney would not comment, but did say that another attorney assisted in the matter. Silveria also would neither comment nor his attorney.
A Man in Shreveport Man was Busted after an Alleged Casino Heist
A man in Shreveport was arrested for a crime that sounds like it comes straight from a movie.
Anhkim Le of Shreveport will most likely be given plenty of time to think about what went wrong in his elaborate scheme that involved him making off with more than a quarter of a million dollars in a scam that involved a Brinks truck.
However, Le underestimated the Louisiana State Police that work in the gaming division. Horseshoe contacted the Louisiana State Police Gaming Operations Section on the 1st of April 2015, in regard to a shortage from a deposit that was made in to the Capital One Bank on the 23rd of March.
Casino representatives showed three bags of currency, makers, credit card receipts and personal checks to state police. These were picked up from the casino by Brinks Inc. armored couriers service on the 22nd of March.
The bags were then to be deposited on the Monday, the 23rd of March at the Capital One Bank in Shreveport.
Documentation however that was received from Capital One Bank showed that the bag that contained $354 879.86 was never delivered to the bank for deposit.… Read the rest
In the early hours on January the 9th, police raided the provincial headquarters of the Raising of the Nationalist Will Party (MIY), but the raid was not for political reasons, but rather for the throwing of gambling parties.
The MIY was founded after the Trust Party which was closed after 44 police raids and they have already see three raids so far this year.
The MIY is thought to be a shadow organisation which was founded to cover illegal gambling activities.
Öztürk Sezer, the head of the party along with 11 other people was detained in the police raid in the southern province of Adana. The detention came after claims that they were the organizers of the gambling parties.
In Turkey, gambling is completely illegal apart from on certain sports.
238 people in total were fined for gambling in the double raid which also covered a district base. The others that were targeted in the raids are accused of providing a venue for gamblers and collecting unearned money.
Sezer defended himself by saying that he was there to personally observe claims that the branch was in fact organizing illegal gambling sessions. He went on to say that he was curious about what he read in the media stories about people gambled in his party and was there to see what was going on.… Read the rest
Las Vegas Casino Heists
Over the years there has been some daring casino heists. Here is a look at some of the more memorable ones according to gamblingforreal.com.
‘Biker Bandit’ – Bellagio Robbery, 2010
The ‘Biker Bandit’ robbed the Bellagio in a bold heist on December 14th 2010 and made off with $1.5 million worth of casino chips. Anthony Carleo, who was 29 at the time rode up to the casino entrance on a motorcycle, walked right up to the craps table, pulled a gun and demanded chips.
He got away with a range of chip denominations including one that was worth $25 000. He then tried to sell these on an internet poker website using the email firstname.lastname@example.org and signing emails as the ‘Biker Bandit’.
Several weeks after his daring heist the Metro Police caught up with him where he was gambling and trying to sell chips to undercover officers.
In August 2011 the Clark County Judge sentenced him to serve between 9 and 27 years for the Bellagio robbery and for an early heist that Carleo committed at the Suncoast casino on December 9th 2010.
Carleo was actually the son of a former Las Vegas Municipal court Judge.… Read the rest
Internet Gambling – Federal Regulation
The World Wide Web in 1990 was growing rapidly and with this online gambling found a way to go around government control and prohibition. All that a site operator needed to do was to establish a business in an offshore jurisdiction and start taking bets. This then saw the Department of Justice and Congress explore the applicable current law and the appeal of new regulation for online gambling.
The Wire Act gained focus during the investigation if offshore Internet gambling that took bets from Americans violated federal law. Under the Wire Act the operator was at risk of a fine and being imprisoned if they knowingly used a wire communication facility to send information related to wagering on any sport event or contest. However, the act is legal in both the source and destination locations of the transmission. It would then seem that the Wire Acts definition for wire communication facility would them embrace the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure in its entirety and would then apply to online gambling.
Under the Wire Act all internet gambling by bettors in the US is illegal according to the Department of Justice.