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Man Cleared on Illegal Online Casino Charges in Montego
In a case that was spawned back in 2004 against a Montego buisinessman for
taking illegal bets online and over international telephone lines, resolution
has finally brought it to a close. All charges against Spiros Athanas were
dropped after a the key witness of the case failed to give testimony. The
witness, Michael Surridge, mysteriously decided to not testify for the
prosecution, which was essentially the foundation of their case against Athanas.
Although it was unclear as to the exact charges against Athanas, other than
he was operating an illegal betting service having possible ties with foreign
online casinos, the allegations were initially brought forth by the Betting
Gaming and Lotterie Commission. According to the Commission, Athanas had
originally been working in Montego Bay with a telemarketing license.
However, his business soon expanded into gambling, and even went so far as to
begin taking international bets. This meant Athanas was sending money
overseas, which in stipulation with Athanas’ license and local law, was in
violation of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission Act.
Now, in just a little over a year, Athanas has been granted permission to
resume his practice taking bets on sporting events. He is not permitted to
take local bets, which if caught, would surely send him to jail. Whether
or not he will be dabbling into online casinos remains to be seen.
2005 Online Casino News