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
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.