DOJ going after American Banks for Gambling

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The U.S. Department of Justice has sent subpoenas to about 15 investment banks across Europe and in the United States, requesting information as part of a probe into gambling companies including Britain's PartyGaming PLC and payment networks such as Neteller PLC, banking officials said.

The banking officials, who spoke on condition that they not be identified by name because they were not authorized to do so, said that the subpoenas were received shortly after Christmas.

Dresdner Kleinwort, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and Bank of America declined to comment on reports they were among the banks to receive subpoenas. Citigroup Inc. officials did not immediately return calls for comment.

U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman Jackie Lesch did not have an immediate comment Monday.

The United States effectively banned online gambling last autumn when the Congress added a provision to a bill aimed at improving port security to make it illegal for banks and credit card companies to settle payments to online gambling sites. President Bush signed the bill into law Oct. 14.

everal European-based online gaming companies collapsed after the decision and those still operating continue to reel from the costs of exiting the United States.

Sportingbet PLC and Leisure & Gaming PLC both sold their U.S. operations for a token $1. World Gaming PLC directors resigned, leaving the company in the hands of administrators.

PartyGaming PLC, the world's largest online gambling company, and BetOnSports PLC were among the others to suspend all real money gaming activities to customers in the United States. Private offshore operators continue to run such sites as Bodog.com, PokerStars.com and FullTiltPoker.com.

Payment transfer companies, which initially appeared immune, have also been forced to reconsider their U.S. business.

British-based Neteller, which essentially acts as a middleman between gamblers and offshore betting operations, announced last week that it had stopped handling gambling transactions from U.S. customers because of restrictive legislation and uncertainties about regulations.

The company's move came three days after former directors were arrested and charged in the United States with funneling billions of dollars in gambling proceeds to overseas betting operations.

Gambling stocks, already worth only a fraction of their values before the U.S. ban, slumped yet further Monday on news of the probe.

In London, PartyGaming shares dropped 9.8 percent to 27.75 pence (54.9 U.S. cents). Leisure & Gaming shares fell 6.1 percent to 11.5 pence (22.7 cents). Sportingbet stock slumped 9.4 percent to 33.8 pence (66.8 cents). 888 Holdings stock fell 3.3 percent to 116.25 pence ($2.30). Neteller shares were suspended last week.

The British government has been strongly critical of the U.S. stance on Internet gambling, with Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell likening it to a new form of the 1920s Prohibition on alcohol, warning that it would drive the industry underground.
 

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Yet another "news" article saying a whole bunch of nothing that hasn't already been said 100x over.
 

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The above article also seems to have a few things added to it that the original article did not have.

I don't believe the original article mentioned anything about American Banks...
 

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The British government has been strongly critical of the U.S. stance on Internet gambling, with Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell likening it to a new form of the 1920s Prohibition on alcohol, warning that it would drive the industry underground.

At least Bush's poodle is snarling, another poke, and perhaps it will bite;)
 

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