The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has unsealed indictments against 34 individuals and 23 companies that, allegedly, have been associated with Legendz Sports – an online sports betting operation. According to the indictment, certain aspects of the operation were based out of Panama and Costa Rica, but the websites in question were offering telephone-based and online sports betting services to predominately United States-based end users. Others named in the indictment are accused of facilitating the transfer of money between the websites and the players.
This indictment serves as a stark reminder of the considerable criminal and civil liability that could result from gaming operations that do not comply with state and federal legal requirements. As quoted on this site:
Jim Finch, a member of the Oklahoma branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said individuals “cannot skirt the laws of the United States by setting up illegal internet gambling operations in a foreign country while living in the United States and enjoying all the benefits of US citizens.”
The final adjudication of this case should be of interest to all gaming attorneys and those interested in sports gambling law in general.
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