Latest Online Gambling Case Looks To Be Folding Like A Weak Hand
from the bout-time dept
When Peter Dicks, the director of British online gambling company Sportingbet, was arrested in New York last week, the case was a little different than the earlier arrest of another company’s CEO, who was detained at an airport, then hit with federal charges. Dicks was arrested because of an outstanding warrant in Louisiana, where he was charged with gambling crimes — charges that seemed to severely overstep the state’s jurisdiction. Now, it looks like New York courts might agree, as Dicks has returned to Britain after the state withdrew a warrant signed by Gov. George Pataki that would have allowed Dicks’ extradition to Louisiana, and restrictions on his bail were lifted. Dicks faces another hearing at the end of the month, but his lawyers are optimistic that their argument that he’s committed no crime in Louisiana will prove persuasive and solve the matter decisively. But while it looks like these charges will probably get tossed, a British newspaper says it’s learned that Louisiana authorities have issued similar warrants for 50 other online gambling execs, so this could just be the beginning. Again, just to reiterate, if you’re an executive of an online gambling company, stay out of the US, and sure as hell don’t go to Louisiana.