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Pennsylvania Court Administrator Stole Seized Gambling Money

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It is common practice during police raids around the US that money and other illegal gambling paraphernalia are seized during raids. People have long wondered where exactly all of that seized money goes.

In Pennsylvania, the answer comes in the form of Luzerne County Court Administrator William T. Sharkey Sr. He was indicted and will plead guilty on charges that he stole over $70,000 in gambling money that had been seized.

The way he ran the scam was to have county judges sign forfeiture orders for the funds. Then, instead of transferring the money into the County Treasurers Office, he re-routed it for his personal use. The money was also never filed into the court records.

Sharkey has already worked out a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he will repay all of the money that he illegally stole. That may come at the expense of his house, car, and state pension fund. He still faces up to ten years in prison as well.

The indictment of Sharkey will certainly raise eyebrows around the country. For years officers have been seizing money from gambling raids. Sometimes authorities take all the money in someones house when they make arrests. Questions have been raised before as to where that money has gone.

Gambling Operation At The Forefront Of Another Mafia Bust

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In the state of New York it has become common place to have police bust up mafia operations. It occurred again on Wednesday when thirteen alleged members of the Genovese crime family were charged with various crimes.

Gambling, as it is in most mafia cases, was at the forefront of the charges. The indictment that was unsealed refers to the “operation of illegal gambling businesses.” The men were also charged with extortion, narcotics trafficking, and loansharking.

Of the thirteen people that were charged, six of them were arrested early Wednesday morning. The other seven were either in the process of turning themselves in or were already in custody from other charges.

Among the arrests was a former acting boss for the Genovese crime family. Several of his soldiers were also picked up in the raid. Thomas Tassiello, another Genovese family member was charged in a separate indictment on charges of extortion and racketeering.

The sting stems from the crime family shaking down local businesses, mainly bartending school owners in both Jersey City and Manhattan. Genovese soldiers reportedly took over the businesses after the owners could make their payments on loansharking debts.

Claims Gambling Issue

Claims Gambling Issue

Patrick Claims Gambling Issue Not Dead In Massachusetts

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Governor Deval Patrick wants to bring casino gambling to the state of Massachusetts. He claims that it would bring necessary help to the budget deficit in the state.

A proposal that he unveiled to legislators to bring the legalized form of gambling to the state was met with resistance. Legislators said no to the proposal, leaving the issue for dead.

Patrick claims, however, that the issue will resurface, and that eventually legalized casino gambling will make its way to Massachusetts. Some believe he is hopeful that when opposition leader Salvatore DiMasi, Speaker of the House, departs, the Bill will once again move forward.

Patrick has different reasons for believing the issue will be resurrected. He claims that the financial troubles will force something to be done to raise money for the state.

He also believes that the efforts of the Wampanoag Indians to build a casino of their own, will force lawmakers to consider getting in on the action before it is too late.

DiMasi was the leader against Duval’s plan, which would have legalized casino gambling at three locations throughout the state.

Gambling Machines Confiscated In Texas, Charges Could Follow

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The state of Texas is leading the way when it comes to cracking down on illegal gambling machines. The state has made several busts in the last few months, and is continuing its efforts to stop the illegal gambling.

At the center of the police’s attention this time were five local convenience stores and a game room. Police had been investigating the rooms before they raided the establishments.

“We sent people in undercover to play the games,” said Richmond Police Sgt. Lowell Neinast. He claims the undercover operation was to find out if people were receiving any rewards when they won on the machines.

They found that store owners were paying out winners with cash, or with prizes worth more than $5. State law says that prizes cannot be awarded that are worth more than $5.

Forty five machines were confiscated after search warrants were issued. The machines were taken from, Stop N Save, Speedy Express, Texas Super Food, Corner food Mart, Richmond Exxon, and a game room in a strip center.

Charges have not yet been filed, but the owners of the locations where the machines were taken from will be the most likely people charged. Operating gambling facilities would be the likely charges.

Gambling Resolution

Gambling Resolution

PartyGaming And US Reach Historic Online Gambling Resolution

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The ongoing drama that was PartyGaming Plc. versus the US has finally come to an end. PartyGaming has announced early this morning that an agreement has been reached between themselves and the US.

Speculation had been building as to what the final agreement would amount to. In the end, PartyGaming agreed to pay $105 million to the US in exchange for no prosecution for their conducting online gambling business in the country.

“The resolution of our position with the US authorities marks an important day for PartyGaming,” said the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan, “It has been a long and complex process but we have reached an amicable solution with the USAO that makes commercial sense for our business and is in the best interest of our shareholders.”

In the Statement of Facts that accompanied the agreement, PartyGaming admitted that they had been taking bets from players in the US. They also agreed to stay out of the US online gambling market in light of the current laws. In exchange, the US agreed to no further prosecution of PartyGaming.

In 2006, US lawmakers voted in favor of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. That law was supposed to be the end-all of Internet gambling in the country. What has happened, however, is that the law has been accused of being vague and millions of residents in the US are still gambling online.

US Representative Barney Frank is expected to introduce legislation that would overturn the UIGEA, but in light of the economic conditions, the Bill has taken a back seat for Frank who is the House Finance Committee Chairman.

While PartyGaming and many other foreign companies have pulled out of the market after the UIGEA, others are weathering the storm and still servicing the demand of millions of Americans.

The agreement between the US and PartyGaming has been rumored to be close for several months. Many people following the story expected that the negotiations would have netted more money for the US after one of PartyGaming’s founders, Anurag Dikshit, plead guilty in US court to offering illegal gambling services and agreed to pay $300 million.

The deal announced this morning could have major implications for PartyGaming in the immediate and distant future. Shares in the company are expected to spike after this news reaches investors.

The bigger picture, however, indicates that if, and when, US online gambling laws are changed, PartyGaming would be a candidate to receive licensing and re-enter the US market.

The financial terms of the agreement may not be met until 2012. PartyGaming will have the option of paying the $105 million in eight semi-annual installments, but the money is the smallest of details. As for the future of Internet gambling in the US, and PartyGaming’s role in it, Ryan offered a hint of what may be to come.

“We’re hopeful that, in the fullness of time, the new (Obama) administration will take steps to regulate it (online gambling).”