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First convict with guilty UIGEA charges in the US

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Daniel Eremian, 61,  is the brother-in-law of a US Congressman. He has just been found guilty and convicted on multiple counts of illegal gambling and racketeering in the US District Court in Boston earlier in December 2011.


These crimes fall under the controversial Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006. Eremian’s charges were related to a gambling operation that he ran under the auspices of an Internet betting site based on the Caribbean island of Antigua.


The charges included racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, illegal gambling, and other related accusations. Indeed, prosecutors alleged that Eremian, together with his brother Robert, managed the Sports Offshore gambling site from Antigua, however, they illegally accepted wagers placed by punters across the East Coast of the United States.


In the same case, 37-year-old co-defendant, Todd Lyons became the first person ever convicted under UIGEA  for his role as one of the agents that helped Eremian’s business to collect millions of dollars from 1998 to 2006.


US Attorney Carmen Ortiz stated that these convictions “should serve as a message to those involved with illegal gambling schemes; the government will apply the full weight of its resources to identify, investigate and prosecute individuals who seek to profit from offshore gambling”.


Moreover, Fred Wyshak, the government’s lead prosecutor of the case expressed satisfaction with the verdict, saying that “It’s consistent with the evidence in the case.’’


Both men are detained without bail until they’re sentence on the 8th of March next year. These very serious charges, brought under UIGEA, can see both Eremian and Lyons face up to 20 years in prison.


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