Thought this was a little bit scary...seems like it will be harder and harder for us, US players... No wonder why we are losing more and more payment options...
A recent report by the Baltimore City Paper has released information surrounding yet another payment processor who has taken a hit in the federal government’s anti-online gambling crusade. According to the paper, charges have been filed against Kenneth Wienski of Missouri. These charges would include gambling crimes as well as money laundering charges.
According to the Paper, the court docket shows that Wienski is under suspicion of aiding online gambling companies in the payment of players. In the report, Wienski was said to have channeled funds through a medical billing company, as well as a check processing company.
The investigation had begun in 2006, around the time in which the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or the UIGEA, had been passed into law. A clandestine approach to banning online gambling, the UIGEA has become a thorn in the paw of an otherwise unregulated industry in the United States.
The investigation had included the testimonies from several confidential informants. In the Paper, the informants had reportedly given incredibly specific information surrounding Wienski’s involvement in the payment processing scheme.
A court date has not yet been scheduled and Wienski has not yet made an appearance. An attorney is not listed on the docket.
Unfortunately for Wienski, players, and the USA online gambling industry on a whole, the repeal of the UIGEA has been proceeding at a snail’s pace. Tangling through the labyrinthine process or passing new legislation has left several Congressional Committee hearings in the wake of a few members of congress, though no tangible progress has yet to be made.
Hammer Falls On Another Online Gambling Payment Processor
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