First Federal Indictment Brought Against Caribbean Based Sports Internet Wagering

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Wednesday, April 1, 1998
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
14
Issue: 
4
166-168
Abstract: 
On March 4, 1998, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mary Jo White, announced that an indictment was brought against the managers and owners of six Internet sports betting companies that operated from the Caribbean and allowed bettors in the U.S. to gamble on football, basketball, and other sports. The indictment charged them with illegally conspiring and using the wires and telephone to transmit bets. It constitutes the first federal prosecution against businesses that permit illegal betting using the Internet.... [more]