After some arrests this summer of some online gambling executives in the US, it seemed like a pretty clear message was sent to people in the industry not to do any traveling here. But apparently the threat of arrest didn't just apply to those directly in the industry. European money transfer firm NETeller announced that two of its former directors have been detained while traveling in the US. NETeller, it's important to realize, isn't an online casino. It happens to help fund people's online gambling accounts, along with any other types of online transactions, much like PayPal does. What makes the story particularly strange is that the company claims the two individuals no longer have any operational role at the company, and are simply shareholders. It seems possible that US authorities are eager to bring pressure on NETeller in order to make sure it complies with the recently passed law banning financial transactions with online casinos once the details of that law are worked out and it's put into force. Meanwhile, we can simply repeat the suggestion, that if you have anything at all to do with online gambling -- even if it's just advertising for the industry -- you probably want to secure a good lawyer.
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