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Illegal Online Sports Betting Operations Lands Four In Jail

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With the online gambling laws murky at best in the US, there is one activity that all can agree is illegal, online sports betting. On Wednesday, four Utica, New York residents were arrested in conjunction with an illegal Internet gambling operation investigation.

Richard Dorsagno Sr., his wife Susan Dorsagno, and their son, Richard Dorsagno Jr., were all arrested and charged with various crimes related to the online sports betting operation. John Swift of Utica was also arrested, although authorities failed to say whether or not they arrests stemmed from the same operation.

When authorities executed search warrants at the residents of the Dorsgno's and Swift, they confiscated computers and cash. There was $25,000 taken from a safe at Dorsagno's residence, and authorities believed that the cash actually belonged to Swift.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara acknowledged that this was one of the more advanced illegal sports betting operations that has been investigated. McNamara pointed to the use of the Internet as an example of the difference between this case and most others the county has investigated.

Internet sports betting in most areas of the country has been around for at least a decade. Even land-based bookies have transferred some of their customers over to Internet sites in recent years, with authorities in various states seeking out and busting those associated with the activity.

The actual placing of bets has not been the problem for these bookies. The transfer of money in the US after the bets have been placed is where these bookies have gotten into trouble with the law. Most Internet sports betting sites are located offshore in countries such as Costa Rica and Panama, where the activity is regulated.

Swift and the Dorsagno's face charges ranging from misdemeanor counts of promoting gambling for all four of the accused, to a felony charge of first-degree possession of gambling records for Dorsagno Sr. and Swift.

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