Canadian Authorities Lay Down the Law

20 August 1999
While prohibition has loomed in the U.S. for the past three years, Canadian authorities have had little or nothing to say about Internet gambling. Until now. The following release, regarding the raid of Starnet Communications' offices in Vancouver, British Columbia was issued Friday, Aug. 20 by the Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit:

Today, investigators from the Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit have executed search warrants at the offices of Starnet Communications International Inc., located at 425 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, and at the residences of six of its directors and officers.

Law enforcement agencies assisting in this investigation include: the RCMP Commercial Crime Section, RCMP Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section, RCMP High Tech Crimes Unit from Ottawa, Vancouver Police Department, members of the Coquitlam RCMP Detachment, West Vancouver City Police Department and the Delta Police Department.

The offences being investigated include illegal betting and bookmaking, making agreements for the purchase or sale of betting or gaming privileges, providing information intended for use in connection with bookmaking, possession and distribution of pornographic material, and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Starnet Communications and its subsidiaries have been under investigation by CLEO investigators for over eighteen months in regard to illegal gaming and the distribution of prohibited pornographic materials over the Internet. Investigators have determined that millions of dollars flowed through Starnet controlled bank accounts each month as the result of its Internet based gaming system.