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US Issues Internet Gaming Related Subpoenas

Law, 2007-01-21, by Ozone

In a quest to obtain information connected to online gambling in America, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued subpoenas to some of the world's top banks. Among the institutions asked to hand over all e-mails, telephone records, and papers include Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. The DOJ began issuing subpoenas connected to this matter in October, one day after President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Until now, the investigation had been kept secret.

Speculation exists that the goal of the DOJ is to find incriminating information against founders of online gambling firms. One source to the Sunday Times commented by saying that the DOJ has "taken a shotgun, not a rifle approach in relation to lots of gaming companies and has just asked everyone to hand over all the information they have."

Some of the financial institutions who have been issued subpoenas were advisers to 888.com and PartyGaming upon their public listing on the London Stock Exchange. Neither the banks involved nor the DOJ have commented on these ongoing investigations.

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