In April, three of the largest web poker sites – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker – had their domains seized and 11 people connected to the gambling outfits were charged with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses.
A month later and US authorities are busy again, with a federal grand jury returning a pair of indictments charging two gambling businesses and three defendants with operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering.
The indictments and seizures were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland. Eleven bank accounts located in North Carolina, Guam, Panama, Malta, Portugal and The Netherlands were seized along with the domain names of the following Internet gambling sites:
“It is illegal for internet gambling enterprises to do business in Maryland, regardless of where the website operator is located,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
“We cannot allow foreign website operators to flout the law simply because their headquarters are based outside the country.”