A Joplin, Mo., man who contributed to the operation of an Internet sports gambling operation was recently fined $2,000 and sentenced to six months of house arrest by a federal judge.
The man, Kenneth B. Lovett, was also placed on probation for two years.
From the Joplin Globe:
Lovett, who was charged with a single count of transmitting wagering information over the Internet, pleaded guilty May 18 in a plea agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office.
Court documents indicate that Lovett ran a gambling operation primarily handling wagers placed on National Football League games between Jan. 1, 2003, and Feb. 8, 2011. His plea agreement states that in 2006 he took on William Lisle as a partner and that they shared the income and expenses of the operation equally until 2010, when Lisle’s share of the business increased to 60 percent.
The partners paid two offshore Internet websites, BETEAGLE and GOTOHC, to administer their bookmaking operations. The server for both websites is located in Costa Rica.
Many people continue to use bookies to place illegal bets in an arrangement similar to the one described above, and most don’t seem all that concerned about hiding it.
We regularly see people on Twitter talking about “settling up” with their local, and the banter is so public and unfiltered that you’d think it wasn’t illegal.
And yet, it is.