Feds in N.J. bust illegal online gambling ring, Jason Grant New Jersey Online | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

In a major federal bust, 13 of the defendants are charged with both traditional Mafia crimes — like card-game gambling, loan-sharking and theft of goods — along with what U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman calls "the new wrinkle" of using an overseas sports-betting website to run an illegal gambling operation in northern New Jersey and elsewhere.


But a good portion of the complaint also focused on LaScala crew members allegedly working alongside unnamed people running a Costa Rica-based sports-betting website, Beteagle.com, that serviced northern New Jersey and elsewhere. According to prosecutors, high-level associates of the crew acted as "agents" of the business, charging high interest and using threats to collect debts incurred on events like pro football games.


New Jersey is currently working on regulating online gambling.


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