DoylesRoom, TruePoker Squeezed
A Maryland grand jury unsealed a pair of indictments on Monday that resulted in the seizure of 10 online gambling domains including DoylesRoom.com and TruePoker.com.
Unlike the April 15 DOJ indictments again PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker, however, these indictments were much more state- and casino-focused than specifically targeting online poker.
Also unlike Black Friday, the indictments came through the joint efforts of the Maryland District Attorney, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security rather than the Departmenr of Justice.
The two indictments named K23 Group Financial Services, d/b/a BMX Entertainment, Ann Marie Puig, Thrillx Systems Ltd, d/b/a Beted.com, Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk as defendants.
Each of the defendants was indicted on counts of conducting an illegal gambling business and money laundering.
As part of the investigation, the Department of Homeland Security set up its own payment processing business called Linwood Payment Solutions. Since 2009, the company processed transactions for K23, BetEd and other companies totaling more than $33 million.
The following 10 websites were seized per the indictments:
All of the sites offer games of chance as part or all of their offerings. DoylesRoom and TruePoker both offered online table games, slots and video poker, making them illegal gambling sites in the state of Maryland.
Forfeiture of the bank accounts used by the online gambling companies is also being pursued. These accounts are located in Guam, Panama, Malta, Portugal, the Netherlands and North Carolina.
The defendants are each facing a total of 25 years in prison for the two counts.
Court dates have not been scheduled yet for the defendants and it is unknown at this time whether any are actually in custody in the United States.