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Police Funded by Online Gambling Money

6 June 2011 by admin

Since the seizure of a total of thirteen online gambling domains on Black Friday and Blue Monday, have you wondered at all where the seized money went? I know we all assume it went the federal government. Obviously the money is there from the online casinos it was seized from, but where does it go from there?

I can tell you where $470,000 of the $33 million seized on Blue Monday went. It went to the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland at the beginning of this month. And actually it was $470,407.62 that went to Anne Arundel PD.

The reason behind giving part of the seized online gambling money to Anne Arundel PD is because Anne Arundel PD helped in the investigation. Three of their county police officers are assigned to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations divisions. There is also a Detective Scott Gunn who is assigned to be an undercover officer who works solely on money laundering. That puts those three in the group whose aim was to gather intelligence on online casinos who were trying to circumvent the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

In this particular investigation, a fake payment processing company was set up, which was called Linwood Payment Solutions. Linwood was operated by the ICE HSI out of Baltimore between December 2009 and January 2011. During that time they processed more than 300,000 transactions to and from online casinos and American citizens. Those transactions were worth $33 million, which was seized at the end of the investigation. And then part of it was given to the police department as a cookie for helping fence in the leisure time and money spending options of Americans. According to a statement, the Anne Arundel PD is going to be using the money to help fund future undercover investigations as well as buy new vehicles and weapons.

So there you have it, my American online gamblers, that is where your money has gone if you had an account at one of the online casinos whose domain was seized. While not all of the seized money has gone to Anne Arundel PD obviously, it will go elsewhere to further help police American citizens of their right to choose how to entertain themselves. Granted some online casinos have made deals to allow players’ money to be returned to them, but that is coming out of the operators’ pockets; the government will keep what it takes.

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