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Quietly, U.S. Prosecutors Fight Online Casinos
Federal prosecutors have begun a wide-ranging effort to curb the
growing popularity of online gambling in the United States by quietly
threatening legal action against American companies that do business
with Internet casinos and sports betting operations based outside the
country, lawyers and industry executives say.
The investigation into the activities of media, public relations and
technology companies relies on a legal concept that holds that the U.S.
businesses, by providing advertising and other services that support
Internet gambling, are "aiding and abetting" online casinos.
That gives prosecutors an indirect way to attack the overseas
enterprises, whose operations are illegal in the United States but fall
outside U.S. jurisdiction.
Lawyers said they were not aware of any charges that had been filed.
Still, despite the lack of publicity, the campaign, which has gone on
for months, has already chalked up some significant victories.
Several big media operations – including Infinity Broadcasting, Clear
Channel and the Discovery Networks – stopped running advertisements for
offshore Internet casinos last autumn in light of the threat of further
scrutiny that might lead to prosecution.
The investigation of the Internet gambling industry, lawyers said, is
being run by Raymond Gruender, the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District
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