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Federal Prosecutors in Maryland Indict Internet Gambling Companies

Federal Prosecutors in Maryland Indict Internet Gambling Companies

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland has announced that a grand jury on April 26 handed down two indictments, unsealed today, accusing two internet gambling companies and three individuals of illegal gambling and money laundering. The indictments are part of the U.S. Department of Justice's ongoing international investigation into illegal processing of online gambling proceeds. As

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and in a multitude of articles published since 2008, federal prosecutors in Maryland have been actively pursuing criminal charges while seeking forfeiture of large amounts of seized funds tied to online gambling. Some Maryland defendants in the probe have been

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in open court to be cooperating with authorities both in Maryland and in the Southern District of New York. The Maryland indictments unsealed today come on the heels of New York indictments, handed down in April, charging top managers of two of the world's largest internet gambling companies, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet, with illegal gambling and money laundering. The indictments announced in Maryland today are against ThrillX Systems Ltd., doing business as BetEd, and K23 Group Financial Services, which operates under the banner BMX Entertainment. Named in the ThrillX indictment are Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk of British Columbia, Canada. Ann Marie Puig of San Jose, Costa Rica, is named in the K23 Group indictment. According to a search-and-seizure warrant affidavit in support of seizing 11 bank accounts and 10 internet gambling site domain names, U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigators made the case in part by setting up a front company that entered the payment-processing business to handle gambling money. The front company, called Linwood Payment Solutions, started up in 2009 and handled $33 million in transactions as investigators gathered evidence of illegal gambling and money laundering. [youtube_embed] [youtube_embed number=2] [youtube_embed number=3]

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