If you were planning on making your fortune on your sofa, taking fools’ money in online poker, it’s probably time to think of a plan B. Feds are making like Eliot Ness in an effort to shut down offshore companies that let Americans subvert in the nation’s online gambling laws. G-men have filed an indictment against several individuals accused of operating illegal internet poker speakeasies.
Forbes reports federal prosecutors also filed a civil lawsuit, seeking $3 billion in money laundering penalties for disguising gambling transfers as purchases of items such as jewelry or golf supplies. To complete the royal flush, a federal judge issued a restraining order that locks up funds in alleged poker sites’ 76 bank accounts in 14 countries.
Poker enthusiast defend their pastime as a game of skill that doesn’t deserve classification as gambling, but the feds’ stance is that such operations participate in fraud that facilitates gambling.