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US Cracks Down on Antigua Internet Gambling Operation

19 Jul 2006

WASHINGTON, USA -- As reported by the Agence France Presse: "Eleven people have been charged in a US crackdown on a multibillion-dollar Internet sports betting website with operations in Antigua and elsewhere, prosecutors said.

"An indictment unsealed Monday charges the operators, British-incorporated BetOnSports, with illegally taking bets from US residents and failing to pay US taxes on 3.3 billion dollars in wagers from the United States.

"...The US clampdown has strained relations with the Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda, a hub for Internet gambling, which has brought the matter to the World Trade Organization.

"One of the key persons indicted was Gary Kaplan, founder of the site. A US resident who had been arrested in 1992 for illegal sports betting, he later moved his operations to Aruba and then Antigua. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

"...US officials are trying to seize some 4.5 billion dollars in assets of the companies, as well as vehicles, computers, cell phones and other equipment from the enterprise..."

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