It’s getting a little scarier in the Online Gambling industry as the Federal Government in the United States continues to bully companies for processing financial transactions involving Americans that gamble.
Do you remember when the buzz surrounding the UIGEA first began? You heard it, but you didn’t really pay attention. There was just no way that the United States Government would allow anyone to encroach upon your freedoms like that. Then it happened, and we were disillusioned, but positive it would be thrown back out, it was a sneaky passage of a law that just wasn’t American.
It was passed due to its placement on the back of a bill that the president meant to see passed. It was passed because there’s no longer line item veto, it’s all or nothing for the president.
But surely the government has nothing in common with companies like Israel that recently ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to all online gambling IP’s. Surely the United States, is built on the concept of freedom, and that’s all just plain ludicrous. Surely we stand behind that flag, we fight and we kill for it, and surely it stands for freedom.
The latest in this trend is the Federal Governments war on companies that move money within the gambling industry, companies like the one Ahmad Khawaja ran.
Ahmad Khawaja together with his two firms, Allied Systems and Allied Wallet came to an agreement, reaching a civil settlement with the US Government that began in June of 2009 when the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations seized 13.3 million dollars from the companies.
The United States Government claimed in their civil forfeiture complaint that the monies seized were proceeds used to operate an illegal gambling business.
The monies were traced back to the number one poker site in the world, PokerStars. The FBI visited the Goldwater Bank in Scottsdale Arizona in June, and made a big fat withdrawal.
What will the government use the 13.3 million for? Suppose US citizens will get a tax break?
The settlement reached by provides that the two processors and their owner shall forfeit the $13.3 million.