US Attorney Seizes 10 Online Gambling Domains

US Attorney Seizes 10 Online Gambling Domains

01 Jun 2011 | 06:44 Author: Casinotop10

Last week on May 23rd US Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein for the District of Maryland announced the seizure of 11 online gambling-related bank accounts and 10 online gambling domains.

Last week on May 23rd US Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein for the District of Maryland announced the seizure of 11 online gambling-related bank accounts and 10 online gambling domains.

Seizure of Online Domains and Bank Accounts

Among the seized gambling domain names are www.bookmaker.com, www.beted.com, www.doylesroom.com, and www.funtimebingo.com. Visit these domains and you’ll see an official statement on the seizure and the US Department of Justice and the Homeland Securitylogos:   



Besides the seizure of online gambling domains, the US Department of Justice confiscated 11 bank accounts in Charlotte, Panama, North Carolina, Guam, Portugal, Malta and the Netherlands.

Charges & Penalties

The federal charges are targeted against two main suspects: Thrillx Systems Ltd. (operating under the name BetEd) and BMX Entertainment (a holding company for amongst others Bookmaker, DoylesRoom and Fun Time Bingo).

The indictments state that the owners of the above mentioned companies operated illegal online gambling businesses outside the US, while actively servicing US customers. The defendants face a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison for illegal gambling charges, and a 20-year maximum penalty for money laundering. No court date has been set yet.

The Investigation

The indictments and seizures are the result of an undercover investigation conducted by Baltimore’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), IRS Criminal Investigations, and Rosenstein’s office of the Department of Justice.  

The cooperating law enforcement agencies set up a fake payment processing company named “Linwood Payment Solutions”.  Linwood  Payment Solutions operated as an intermediary with the indicted online gambling companies to collect incriminating evidence.

The undercover operation produced evidence that BMX Entertainment transferred a sum of about $100,000 into the fake payment processing company. One of BMX´s employees, Ann Marie Puig, faces charges because she signed the application to do business with Linwood Payment Solutions.

It appears that Linwood processed similar transactions for Thrillx Systmes Ltd. (operating under the name “BetEd”). Allegedly Linwood processed over 300,000 transactions with a value of over $33 million for Thrillx Systems Ltd. between December, 2009 and January, 2011.

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