More online gambling ban charges

Seven individuals and four companies are the latest to have been charged by the US Department of Justice for conspiring to violate the US’s ban on internet gambling in a $150 million credit card scam.

The 34-count indictment passed in Salt Lake City, Utah, accuses the defendants of running a scheme which is in contravention of the Unlawful Internet Enforcement Gambling Act (UIEGA) passed last year.

CurrenC Ltd, a payment processing firm based in the British Virgin Islands, BetUS, a Canadian-registered sports betting site, Gateway Technologies and Hill Financial Services, both from Utah, are the companies accused on charges of racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud, violations of the wire-wager act and money laundering.

"Individuals and businesses that facilitate illegal internet gambling are violating numerous federal and state laws. Payment processors who attempt to hide the true nature of the transactions they are conducting and the internet gambling websites that use these payment processors will be prosecuted and brought to justice,” said US Attorney Brett Tolman.

Investigators described the scheme used be the accused as “purposefully misclassifying” credit card transactions so as banks would process the funds, allowing US players to play on casino and poker websites.

The seven individuals charged on the indictment, all from Las Vegas, are Baron Lombardo, 46; Francisco Lombardo, 52; Count Lombardo, 43; Kimberlie Lombardo, 43; Richard Carson-Selman, 51; Henry Bankey, 49 and Tina Hill, 32.

If found guilty, those accused could face up to 30 years in jail.

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