Last Friday, the US Department of Justice 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 $US3 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]