State of New York v. Vincent Basciano Jr., et. al. (Michael Colbert)

Indictment

by Ian Imrich
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State of New York Indictments of Elaborate Sports Betting Ring Involves Offshore Online Sports Betting Web Sites Allegedly Utilized by the Defendants for illegal sports wagering in the US:

In addition to traditional brick-and-mortar "bookmaking" the Queens-based indictment specifically alleges that the criminal enterprise ("the ring") used non-traditional “wire rooms” in the form of off- shore, Internet-based gambling services – such as www.pinnaclesports.com, and that such sites were used by bettors and agents to actually place their wagers.

It is further alleged by the government that the members of the enterprise used the "off-shore wire rooms" to maintain the gambling accounts of numerous agents through the Internet website in an effort to evade law enforcement detection through traditional methods.

But this is no Wire Act or other US federal law enforcement matter.

This is a NY State law proceeding in cooperation with NV gaming regulators and others, including the EDNY and notably not the SDNY who, since the iGaming sports cases were moved from the ED of MO to SDNY, have taken the lead in iGaming prosecutions in the US.

In any event, the internet sites are definitely part of the mix here --- a much larger mix and alleged illegal operation / enterprise. So, even though this is not an internet-based sports wagering legal case, Pinnacle et. al. sports betting websites are key components allegedly utilized by the defendants to conduct alleged illegal activity, inter alia, as the government contends.

Meanwhile, NV gaming authorities are now investigating Cantor, and Pinnacle sports betting activity is likely on the radar for further scrutiny even though Pinnacle itself has not accepted US sports wagering for many years.

I would not lose site of the fact that the US sports leagues and particularly the NFL are in a major war with NJ (and perhaps everyone else) on the macro-level sports betting issue in the US. While this investigation has been going on according to the indictments for the better part of a year, the timing of the arrests may not be a coincidence. Election around the corner, NJ legal proceedings heating up -- both sides using legal heavy weights (Ted Olson and Paul Clement) -- it would not shock me if there was a possible correlation.

A gaming law and white collar criminal law colleague of mine has pointed out to me that many legal enforcement actions take place in the late Summer or Fall of even-numbered years. That happens to be when elections occur in the US. I found that interesting and it made perfect sense to me, even if in actuality it is purely coincidental. I just happen to be one who doesn't buy in to multiple coincidences that easily.

Time will tell what the real stories, back stories, etc. are on this one.

--IJI

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Reference Info: Pleadings | State, 2nd Circuit, New York | United States

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