TARP Used as Weapon Against Banks

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The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York has snagged a further $733,000 from an Arizona - based bank allegedly involved in clearing financial transactions for global poker giant, PokerStars.com.

The forfeiture by Scottsdale's Goldwater Bank, announced by the USAO for New York's Southern District last week, follows directly from the same office's recent receipt of monies from payment processor Allied Wallet, Inc. and further underscores the continuing focus on payments mechanisms in US Department of Justice enforcement activities against online gambling sites.

While the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) outlawed payments involving illegal online gambling, the DOJ has subsequently tended to lean more heavily on other statutes to pursue gaming payments activities.

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