INTERNET GAMBLING COMPANIES & THE MOB
9.20.06

Federal prosecutors in St. Louis are seeking $4.5 billion from an Internet gambling empire accused of using its haven in Costa Rica to take in illicit bets from gamblers in the United States.
The indictment claims that the founder of BetonSports, Gary S. Kaplan, left New York after he was arrested for running an illegal sports betting business there in 1993. He moved his gambling business to Aruba in the West Indies, eventually shifting it to Costa Rica and running it over the Internet, the indictment claims. The business allegedly took $3.5 billion in bets from U.S. gamblers in three years. Kaplan, two of his siblings and eight other individuals are named in the 20-count indictment in U.S. District Court in St. Louis that alleges they committed mail fraud, racketeering, tax evasion and other crimes.
Action targets online gambling/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/7.18.06

Dominic Rushe, reporting for the Times of London, has connected the dots and landed BetonSports smack in the middle of the Bonanno crime family. BetonSports shut down July 18 after several indictments were lodged against it, the company's founder Gary Kaplan, CEO David Carruthers and several others including Tim Brown of BetMill.com (an arm of BetonSports), whose position was equivalent to that of a janitor. A company that operated out of the BetonSports complex in the sprawling Mall San Pedro, Safe Deposit Sports (SDS), was part of an illegal gambling ring that netted millions for the Bonannos, one of New York's five Mafia families, according to US prosecutors. SDS shared an address, technical support and a solicitor based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with the British online gambling firm, BetonSports.
BetonSports links to mafia family not all what they seem /www.gambling/911.com/7.30.06

A company that operated out of the BetonSports complex in the sprawling Mall San Pedro, Safe Deposit Sports (SDS), was part of an illegal gambling ring that netted millions for the Bonannos, one of New York's five Mafia families, according to US prosecutors. SDS shared an address, technical support and a solicitor based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with the British online gambling firm, BetonSports. The SDS case was the biggest of its kind related to online gambling. 36 people linked to SDS were indicted by the US authorities in May of 2005, charged with running an illegal gambling operation that netted $360m (£193m) over more than two years.
And interestingly enough, Jaguar Sports began operations as a separate entity on the 8th floor of the BetonSports office. Jaguar utilized the elaborate BetonSports call center as a back up operation when lines coming into the office were too congested. The company managed all its own marketing while mostly following BetonSports odds. One gambler said he had sent money to SDS and received a confirmation e-mail from Jaguar Sports. This was the name of one of the firms associated with Betonsports mentioned in this month's indictment. The indictment said Bonanno acting boss Anthony Urso, also known as Tony Green, allegedly received an unspecified monthly "tribute" from the gambling ring for protection.
BetonSports links to mafia family not all what they seem/www.gambling911.com/BetonSports-Mob-073006.html/7.30.06

U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said that's one big reason why she is pursuing the case against BetOnSports and other companies associated with online gambling. All those billions of dollars flowing out of United States escape excise taxes, she said. Not only does that rob the U.S. Treasury, she said, but it could foster other illegal activity. "Because the industry is illegal and unregulated and very large amounts of cash are transferred, it has the potential to create other problems," Hanaway said.
Online gambling world watches U.S. case/msnbc.msn.com/8/3/06

The company, Safe Deposit Sports (SDS), was part of an illegal gambling ring that netted millions for the Bonannos, one of New York's five Mafia families, according to US prosecutors. SDS shared an address, technical support and a solicitor based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with the British firm. In May 2005 36 people linked to SDS were indicted by the US authorities, charged with running an illegal gambling operation that netted $360m (£193m) over more than two years. The indictment said Bonanno acting boss Anthony Urso, also known as Tony Green, allegedly received an unspecified monthly "tribute" from the gambling ring for protection.
Betting firm is linked to US Mafia kingpin/The Sunday Times/7.30.06