Legal Issues

by Joseph Weisenthal

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NETeller Buys An Expensive 'Get Out Of Jail Free' Card

from the justice-is-served dept

What does it take to avoid the wrath of the US government and its war on online gambling? In the case of NETeller, the online payment service that helped many US citizens fund online gambling accounts, it only needed to pony up $136 million, before being let on its way. By forfeiting that money and admitting guilt, NETeller can now resume business, provided it doesn't facilitate online gambling any more. Unfortunately, the company's founders weren't so lucky, as they'll be doing time for the crime of running the business. The settlement is also good news for customers in the US who have seen their money frozen on the site. With the settlement, NETeller is now clear to disburse the money back.

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  1. identicon
    Overcast, Jul 18th, 2007 @ 5:30pm

    Oh, but it's ok to play the lottery.

    Just no 'Non-Official' gambling. Soon it will be no 'Non-Official' Speech, or no 'Non-Official' food.

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  2. identicon
    John, Jul 18th, 2007 @ 5:48pm


    Really, the US government should stop wasting it's time trying to fight online gambling. There are problems in the world and online gambling isn't one of them.

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  3. identicon
    ScaredOfTheMan, Jul 18th, 2007 @ 5:54pm

    Never did understand that?

    Gambling is simple a game of risk played with money.

    I don't understand why, if its so bad to bet on sports or other things do we allow:

    The Entire State of Nevada
    Any sort of Lottery
    Native American Casinos
    Casino Cruises to no where
    The Stock Market
    The mutual fund market
    The futures market
    or any currency market

    Isn't all the same, you can lose you a$$ or win big in any of these things. So why single out online gambling? could it be because the government is not getting its piece of the action, like it does (directly or indirectly) from the rest.

    It just seems like hypocrisy to me.

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  4. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Jul 18th, 2007 @ 6:01pm

    Re: Re: wasting time

    It's not a case of politicians wasting time. It's politicians paying back donors for their generous contributions, and future lobbying jobs.

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  5. identicon
    Shalkar, Jul 18th, 2007 @ 7:32pm

    My Opinion is:

    Who cares about gambling! Worry about "hardcore" drugs that take needles, global warming and the price of gas! THAT is something time worthy! Gambling? So what! Online gambling just means when you lose the shirt off your back, you have to mail it to them! ;P

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  6. identicon
    RB, Jul 18th, 2007 @ 9:09pm

    Online Gambling

    The US law is so stupid...
    You cant put a gate around the Internet....Bush is an idiot and so are the Senate and Congress.
    So, porn is ok I suppose?
    Is this some law that was funded by casinos in Vegas and Atlantic City to protect their interests?
    Trump, Wynn, and others involved?
    You betcha...the "law" is nothing but just bribes being paid to top officials...BIG MONEY being passed from Vegas to congressman...the guy who wrote the bill, I can guarantee you took lots of bribes....

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  7. identicon
    senator blutarski, Jul 21st, 2007 @ 7:13am


    Once again the us has shown it's hypocrisy. It's ok to slaughter human beings but gambling, no way! Bush and his bible thumpers are total idiots.

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  8. identicon
    lock up, Jan 3rd, 2010 @ 10:54pm


    FOr neteller it wasn't about gambling. It was about money laundering and tax avoidance. They went to great lengths to move money around many countries under false company names. They even had the balls to publish in their prospectus that their business violates US law. And why isn't every executive with this company in jail? Money talks. Why is it that 2 bit uneducated black american fill jails for stealing less than $25? No money.

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