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Bodog and Four Canadians Accused in Maryland of $100 Million-Plus in Illegal Online Sports Gambling

February 28, 2012
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Bodog and Four Canadians Accused in Maryland of $100 Million-Plus in Illegal Online Sports Gambling

The ongoing, six-year-old federal online-gambling probe in Maryland kicked into overdrive today with the unsealing of a criminal indictment against Bodog, one of the world’s largest gambling sites, and four Canadians associated with it: billionaire founder Calvin Ayre, accountant James Philip, finance manager David Ferguson, and media buyer Derrick Maloney. The gambling-and-money-laundering indictment, which...
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Full Tilt Ponzi?

September 20, 2011
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Full Tilt Ponzi?

Federal prosecutors say Full Tilt Poker operated as a Ponzi scheme and defrauded online poker players out of millions while paying its executives and directors—including celebrity poker players Howard Lederer and Christopher “Jesus” Ferguson—$440 million dollars since April 2007. Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today added Lederer,...
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Federal Prosecutors in Maryland Indict Internet Gambling Companies

May 23, 2011
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Federal Prosecutors in Maryland Indict Internet Gambling Companies

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland has announced that a grand jury on April 26 handed down two indictments, unsealed today, accusing two internet gambling companies and three individuals of illegal gambling and money laundering. The indictments are part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing international investigation into illegal processing of online gambling...
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Online Poker: Chance, Skill, or Both?

December 16, 2010
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When gambling charges were leveled at James Davitt on Dec. 7 in U.S. District Court in Maryland, as part of the ongoing probe of illegal internet gambling conducted by the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, it seemed a routine case. And, indeed, it may be. But Davitt’s case has suddenly become ground zero for debating...
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Civil Forfeiture of Internet Gambling Funds Filed in Maryland

March 30, 2010
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Since last summer, as part of a continuing investigation of illegal online gambling (“The Ghost Hand,” Feature, March 24), federal investigators in Maryland have seized more than $5 million from U.S. bank accounts tied to payment processors that allegedly transact business on behalf of offshore companies’ gambling web sites. Yesterday a civil forfeiture lawsuit...
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