The domain names and sites were seized today include:
(however I checked these and all the domain names still seem to be operating as of time of publication)
Charged today in the indictments are ThrillX Systems Ltd. and owners Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk, both of British Columbia, Canada; and K23 Financial Services (known as BMX Entertainment), run by defendant Ann Marie Puig, of San Jose, Costa Rica.
According to the articles, the indictments and affidavit seek the forfeiture of the bank accounts used to process the gambling transactions, as well as domain names of websites used by the defendants to further the online gambling transactions.
The article quotes U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein who said:
“It is illegal for internet gambling enterprises to do business in Maryland, regardless of where the website operator is located, We cannot allow foreign website operators to flout the law simply because their headquarters are based outside the country.”
The defendants face a maximum of five years in prison.
Money laundering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
TheBaynet.com article quotes IRS Special Agent in Charge Rebecca who said:
“Internet gambling, along with other types of illegal e-commerce, is an area of great interest to IRS Criminal Investigation. Laundering money from illegal activity such as illegal internet gambling is a crime. Regardless of how the money changes hands – via cash, check, wire transfers or credit cards – and regardless of where the money is stored – in a United States financial institution or an offshore bank – we will trace the funds. IRS Criminal Investigation will vigorously investigate and recommend prosecution against the owners and operators of these illegal enterprises to the fullest extent possible.”
DoylesRoom.com is particularly interesting since the site is named after legendary poker playerDoyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson.
“Brunson, now 76, is the Babe Ruth, the Michael Jordan, and the Arnold Palmer of poker. He virtually invented the phenomenon that is Texas Hold’em. He paved the way for a sport once viewed to be played by only roughnecks and criminals, but is now played by today’s world leaders and top executives.”
“He was the star of the infamous band of traveling poker sharks, the Texas Rounders. He was the first of the high stakes hotel poker players in Las Vegas introducing his “power poker” to the world. He has won an unprecedented and record ten World Series of Poker events.”