NETeller founders hearing set

A U.S court has set the date of February 14th for the preliminary hearing of NETeller founders John Lefebvre and Stephen Lawrence, relating to charges of using the online money transfer company to launder billions of dollars.
Stephen Lawrence, who is currently on a $5 million bail, has pledged to fight the charges, according to his lawyer.

"He's going to be contesting everything we know about the charges right now," said Vincent Marella, Lawrence’s lawyer.
Lefebvre, who has had his passport confiscated and ordered to remain in Los Angeles, also plans to contest the charges. Lefebvre’s lawyer also claims that the NETeller founders are being made scapegoats by US authorities who want to hammer home the point that they are serious about getting tough on online gambling.

“I think they want to stress the point that they are serious about enforcing gaming laws,” said Marella.

What is even more surprising about the case is the fact that NETeller are not based in the US leading to many lawyers, Marella included, questioning the legitimacy of the case as well as the ambiguity of laws relating to firms such as NETeller.

"I don't know why the [US authorities] are bothering with this now, or why at all. It's not clear that this is a liable area of law enforcement,” said Marella.

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