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Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by jetset, May 1, 2008.

    May 1, 2008
  1. jetset

    jetset RIP Brian CAG

    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service

    And almost two years on, ex-CEO Carruthers still awaits trial on federal online gambling related charges

    David Carruthers, the ex-CEO of BetonSports plc still languishing under house arrest in St. Louis, is not the only one awaiting trial on federal charges related to the operations of the now defunct online gambling group - the founder of the company, Gary Kaplan, remains in custody, too following his arrest and extradition from Dominica some ten months ago.

    This week, the New York Post reported that a federal judge recommended the federal authorities drop tax evasion and obstruction charges against Kaplan, the imprisoned founder of the bankrupt British online gambling company. However, Kaplan (49) would still face charges of conspiracy and violating US Internet-gambling laws.

    Kaplan had argued that he did not violate tax laws because no wagering excise tax was owed by him because the wagers either were not accepted in the Unites States or were not placed by a person who was in the United States.

    The defence document asserted that questions of venue in criminal cases are not merely matters of former legal procedure. They raise deep issues of public policy.

    In answer, the prosecution claimed that the defendant was subject to the wagering excise tax pursuant to defendants status as owner and operator of various specified gambling entities doing business in the United States.

    However, the court found the defendants arguments persuasive.

    In late 2007 Kaplan lost a court bid to be released on bail, claiming ill health.

    In another attempt to secure bail this week, Federal judge Jackson said: "There is no condition or combination of conditions of release that would reasonably assure the defendant's appearance."

    The directors of BetonSports, a one time major London-based online gambling company, pleaded guilty May 24 last year to a single racketeering conspiracy charge and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors by furnishing evidence against Kaplan and 11 co-defendants, including David Carruthers. All of the individual defendants have pleaded not guilty and still await trial.

    Kaplan previously offered to pay for a private security detail to guard him and wear electronic monitoring equipment.
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  2. May 5, 2008
  3. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    The Boonies
    Guys, this is huge!

    I am surprised no one picked up on this. It is one of the best things that happened to us, although many good things have been happening lately.

    Personally, I think this UIGEA business will be repealed soon. This is another step forward.
  4. May 5, 2008
  5. GrandMaster

    GrandMaster Ueber Meister CAG

    Mathematician by day, online gambler by night.
    What happened to this:
    "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."
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  6. May 5, 2008
  7. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    The Boonies
    You mean regarding David? He keeps waiving the deadlines. I think he's got some strategy...

    If Kaplan walks, David walks... If Kaplan goes to jail, David will have to fight his battle.

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