Joined: 18 Aug 2004
|Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:19 pm Post subject: Is it just offshore sports betting sites that are at risk?
(For more on wire fraud, see Pasquantino).
DOJ Jan. /05: Uvari Group charged
story Innocent pleas entered in gambling ring indictments Jan. 18/05 by Associated Press:
|Also Tuesday, NYRA ended simulcast agreements with four betting sites named in the indictment: Euro Off-Track on the Isle of Man, International Racing Group, Inc., and Elite Turf Club, both in Curacao and Tonkawa Indian Reservation in Oklahoma. A fifth site, Racing Services, Inc., in Fargo, N.D., is under separate indictment and no longer operating. |
story Probe links two NH men to mobsters Jan. 15/05 by Steve Myrick:
|Richard Hart of Londonderry was arrested Thursday morning by FBI agents, with assistance from Londonderry police.
Hart, 44, is charged with eight federal crimes in the 88 count indictment issued by the U.S. Attorney's office in New York City.
He faces three charges of money laundering and was also charged with money laundering conspiracy, gambling conspiracy, operating an illegal gambling business, violation of the Wire Act and violation of the Travel Act. The money laundering charges are the most serious, each carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Workers describe site tour by Mike Nowatzki at Racing Services Inc. Jan. 25/05 trial coverage:
|Deborah Trickel, hired by RSI in April 2002 to analyze bettor activity, testified that Uvari was among 60 bettors from New York known as the "Cookie Group" who began betting with RSI in June 2002.
"Cookie" was the nickname of the group's accountant, Marvin Meyerowitz, who also is charged in the New York indictment.
Another group known as the "Spike Group" began betting with RSI in May 2002, she said. "Spike" was Gewirtz's nickname.
Bala and RSI Chief Financial Officer Gary Storm negotiated rebates with the bettors ranging from 3 percent to 10 percent of the total amount bet, Trickel said.
"It was sort of a no-lose situation for the high-volume bettors, wasn't it?" Assistant U.S. Attorney David Peterson asked.
Hiatt said she was working for RSI in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, when she was told to return to Fargo in June 2002. Several tellers who followed her filled out applications to be licensed in North Dakota, but they were never mailed, she said.
When asked if a charity would be involved at the site, Hiatt said RSI Vice President Raymundo Diaz Jr. told her it would be the Fair Circuit Horse Racing Association or the North Dakota Horse Park.
"He said, 'Don't worry about it right now. It'll be taken care of,' " she said.
Horse betting scandal tars Tonkawa casino by Jim Adams Jan. 21/05 Indian Country Today:
|''There is no allegation that anybody at Tonkawa did anything improper,'' said John Sullivan, a casino spokesman. He said it was only mentioned twice in the 77-page indictment, but that it did appear its services had been used by ''some pretty bad guys.''
He said the tribe was now negotiating with the racetracks that cut off their services and was confident it could meet ''the intent'' of their conditions for resumption.
Meanwhile a senior federal official confirmed to Indian Country Today that high-end horse race betting through tribal casinos has become a major concern of the federal Indian Gaming Task Force, composed of agents from the FBI, the Department of the Treasury, the IRS, the Department of the Interior and the National Indian Gaming Commission. Christie Jacobs, director of the IRS Office of Indian Tribal Governments, said, however, the problem seemed limited to several remote tribal casinos where tribal leaders had not become actively involved in management.
''We hope it's not the tip of the iceberg,'' she said.
Sullivan, a lawyer on the staff of Las Vegas Dissemination Corporation (LVDC), a satellite broadcasting (simulcasting) and betting service in Las Vegas, Nev., said that less than 10 operations in the Americas or Europe provided the kind of high-volume rebating on horse-race betting described in the New York indictment. ''Rebate shops'' have grown rapidly in recent years, he said, now doing about $1.5 billion in business, about 10 percent of the total annual handle at U.S. racetracks. Two of the past or present proprietors in this secretive field have been publicly identified as Indian tribes, namely the Tonkawa and the Coeur d'Alene, he said, although he added that a third unidentified tribe had apparently sought to enter the business in recent months.