Last Friday, the DOJ unveiled a 52-page (52? LOL.) indictment against three of the biggest online poker companies providing service for Americans—PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker—and alleged that they were guilty of money laundering, along with wire and bank fraud. According to the DOJ attorney, the poker companies "disguised the source of players' payments, masking deposits and withdrawals as transactions with fake flower shops and pet-supply stores or e-commerce websites." The DOJ is asking for $3 billion from the companies and up to 65 years of imprisonment for some of the 11 defendants. [NYTimes, Image CC licensed, via dupo-x-y/Flickr]
What I'm suprised about is that it's been illegal to gamble with real money online in the US for a very long time yet these companies were doing it and I didn't even know about it. I knew PokerStars.net existed which is free and you play with play money but didn't know about the .com version of it for real money, not that I would of broken the law.
How have these companies gone on so long breaking the well known law.