..

Washington State Law Enforcement Seizing Online Gambling Funds

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jan/05/2011
Washington State Online Poker Seizures

The state of Washington has quietly begun seizing banking accounts used to fund online poker sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker according to Forbes.com.  Both these companies stopped accepting customers from the state late last year.

Washington State is the only jurisdiction in the US that implicitly makes betting online a Class C felony.  As such, gamblers themselves can be prosecuted and receive a similar sentence to that of a child molester, drug pusher or repeat drunk driving offender. 

To date, nearly $8 million from financial outfits that were processing transactions for these online poker outfits has been seized.

From Forbes.com:

According to four civil forfeiture complaints filed in federal court in Seattle since October, federal prosecutors have moved against cash sitting in accounts at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co. and SunTrust Banks, belonging to payment processor firms like Arrow Checks, Secure Money, Etegrity Processing, Anaya Trading Solutions and Blue Lake Capital Management and Logistics.

The government’s cash grab is the result of a task force investigation that included the Washington State Gambling Commission and began in January 2009, the court filings show. The largest of these forfeiture cases, filed in December and involving $5.1 million, began in June after task force officer William Marik was notified by a witness that he had received a payout check of online poker winnings from Arrow Checks. The government investigation tracked more than $20 million of wire transfers from Canada and Texas to Arrow Checks accounts at Bank of America controlled by Scott Seguin and Justin Sather, court documents say.

Poker players were also called by state authorities, notifying them proceeds were used for criminal activity. 

The other payment processor companies involved in the civil forfeiture actions were run by Brian Kenny and Javier Carillo, both of whom court documents say facilitated payments to Washington state residents derived from online poker play at UltimateBet, Forbes.com reported.

- Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

Gambling News

NHL Begins Probe of Sharks Evander Kane Allegations: Bet on Own Games

NHL Begins Probe of Sharks Evander Kane Allegations: Bet on Own Games

Dan Lust via Twitter reports that the NHL announced a full investigation into allegations that Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks has been betting on his own games with bookies.

2021 NBA Futures Shift, Lakers Now Favored to Win With Westbrook Trade

2021 NBA Futures Shift, Lakers Now Favored to Win With Westbrook Trade

The draft day trade between the Lakers and Wizards that sent Russell Westbrook to L.A. has shaken up the odds board.

Dave Portnoy Big Underdog to Brooks Koepka in Golf Match

Dave Portnoy Big Underdog to Brooks Koepka in Golf Match

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy and major champion golfer Brooks Koepka will compete in a charity golf match on September 7, and according to Vegas, El Presidente will walk away as the loser.

2021 World Series Odds Shift Following Trading Deadline Frenzy

2021 World Series Odds Shift Following Trading Deadline Frenzy

The Dodgers have been World Series favorites the entire season, and their odds got even better following yesterday's trade for Max Scherzer and Trae Turner.

Nevada Casinos See Robust June Ahead of New Mask Mandates

Nevada Casinos See Robust June Ahead of New Mask Mandates

Nevada casinos rode a robust economic rebound from coronavirus restrictions in June, taking in more than $1 billion in winnings for the fourth straight month and nearly reaching the all-time record set a month earlier, state regulators reported Thursday.

Syndicate