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BetonSports case settled

Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by jetset, Nov 10, 2006.

    Nov 10, 2006
  1. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    U.S. settles civil case against British online gambling company BetOnSports

    The Associated Press

    Published: November 9, 2006

    ST. LOUIS: U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway reached a settlement Thursday with online gambling company BetOnSports PLC which permanently bars the London-based company from accepting any bets from the United States.

    The settlement ends a massive civil case Hanaway filed this summer.

    The settlement also requires BetOnSports to open a toll-free telephone service to inform bettors how they can reclaim wagers pending before the suit was filed.
     
  2. Nov 10, 2006
  3. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    A little more detail

    A little more detail on the BetonSports settlement:

    ST. LOUIS: U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway reached a settlement Thursday with online gambling company BetOnSports PLC which permanently bars the London-based company from accepting any bets from the United States.

    The settlement ends a massive civil case Hanaway filed this summer.

    The settlement also requires BetOnSports to open a toll-free telephone service to inform bettors how they can reclaim wagers pending before the suit was filed.

    Nov. 9

    Betonsports Plc., a U.K. Internet sports gambling company that has been sued and indicted by the U.S. government, agreed to be barred from operating in the U.S., ending the civil suit.

    U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson signed an order in St. Louis today enforcing the accord, ending four months of litigation and weeks of speculation after the company and the government first said they were close to settling. Her order was accompanied by a consent agreement signed by lawyers for Betonsports and the Justice Department.

    ``The defendant has no legally recognizable right to operate in the United States,'' Jackson wrote in the order, posted on the court's Web site. It is illegal to bet on a sporting event using an interstate phone line, the judge noted.

    The order didn't address the pending criminal racketeering case against the company and 11 men and women including founder Gary Kaplan; former Chief Executive Officer David Carruthers; Kaplan's brother Neil; and a sister, Lori Kaplan Multz.

    Internet gambling, which prosecutors say violates the law against placing bets by wire, is reportedly a $12 billion annual business. A new U.S. law bars credit card companies from collecting payments for transactions with online gambling sites.

    Betonsports spokesman Kevin Smith declined to comment immediately on the court order.

    House Arrest

    Carruthers was arrested in July as he changed planes at a Dallas airport. He has been under house arrest in St. Louis since pleading not guilty July 31. Neil Kaplan, Multz and five other defendants also pleaded not guilty.

    Gary Kaplan hasn't been apprehended.

    Betonsports took in $1.25 billion in wagers in 2004, 98 percent of which was sports bets placed by U.S. gamblers using Betonsports' Web sites and American phone lines, Jackson's order said.

    Betonsports didn't admit wrongdoing, the order said.

    The case is U.S. v. Betonsports Plc., 4:06-cv-1064, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis).
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2006

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