Action in Florida - Handicappers Busted for Involvement with Online Betting Services

8 April 2004

Six individuals appeared today in a federal court in Fort Meyers, Florida to face charges of illegal gambling and conspiracy as well as for violations of the Federal Wire Act. The investigation involves activities related to the operating of sports handicapping services. The businesses don't actually offer gambling services, but prosecutors are arguing that the individuals are breaking the law by accepting money from offshore sports books in exchange for promoting their services to customers.

The six individuals were released on bond.

Seventeen individuals are mentioned in the complaint. Insiders report that federal officials have begun seizing bank accounts and cars of the individuals involved.

IGN will report further details on this developing situation as they're made available.

Emily Swoboda is the senior staff writer at IGamingNews. She lives in St. Louis, Mo.