DoylesRoom Domain Seized By The U.S. Attorney Of Maryland
Monday, 23. May 2011

Earlier today, a number of indictments were handed out to a number of online gaming sites. The U.S. Attorney of Maryland handed out indictments and seized 10 online domains and 11 bank accounts. Three individuals were charged with money laundering and running an illegal gambling business.

The domains seized in the U.S. government’s latest assault on the online gaming world include Doylesroom.com, Bookmaker.com, Beted.com, 2Betsdi.com, Truepoker.com, Goldenarchcasino.com, Betgrandesports.com, Funtimebingo.com, Betehorse.com and Betmaker.com. Indictments were issued to Anne Marie Puig of Costa Rica and David Parchomchuk and Darren Wright, both from British Columbia. If you visit their websites, you will be greeted by a seizure notice from the U.S. Attorney of Maryland and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The indictments and seizures were a result of a successful investigation held by the HSI. In the investigation, an undercover payment processor business was established known as Linwood Payment Solutions. According to a sworn affadvit, this cover payment processor business enabled undercover agents to “gain person-to-person contact with top managers of gambling organizations” in order to discuss the online gaming industry, negotiate contracts and discuss the details of “the intricate movement and processing of collection and payment data from the gambling organizations to the banks.

In addition, the affidavit alleges that the organization used a cooperating informant that opened accounts and made wagers in Maryland. The informant was issued $500 from by HSI to use for placing bets on a number of websites. One such account was with the BetEd website. Several bets were laced and on March 30, 2010, BetEd used Linwood Payment Solutions to wire transfer the informant’s $100 winnings into the informant’s bank account. Linwood Payment Solutions was involved in the processing of well over 300,000 transactions for the affected websites for a total of $33 million since 2009.

The U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of Maryland issued a press release that stated that online gambling is illegal in Maryland, “regardless of where the website operator is located.” He went on to say that “we cannot allow foreign website operators to flout the law.”

William Winter, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s HSI in Baltimore stated that the indictments were “the result of impressive undercover instigative work” by agents of the HSI and Maryland based law enforcement. He went on to say that money from illegal online gambling is “often used to fuel organized crime” and that they will continue to work to “disrupt and dismantle organizations that commit these crimes’ irrespective of their location.

If convicted of these charges, the defendants in this case face very serious punishment: maximum prison term of 5 years for running an illegal gambling business and a maximum of another 20 years for money laundering.

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