The federal government is taking action against illegal Internet gambling. In April 2010, the United States marshals seized $3.2 million from an online casino operator, Discovery Communications, for violations of the UIGEA. It also charged the company with money laundering and violating 18 U.S.C. 1955.
Section 1956 makes laundering, in connection with law enforcement stings, an offense. The act also creates several distinct crimes, including laundering with the intent to promote illicit activity, concealing, and evading taxes.
As a result of the UIGEA, a new office of “gambling oversight” would be attached to the Treasury Department. This would be a way to ensure the proper enforcement of laws regulating online gambling.
The government’s efforts to enforce these laws have faced opposition on constitutional grounds. Some of these attacks have centered on the Commerce Clause. Others have focused on the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment. However, a number of these cases have had little success.
Several states are considering enacting their own laws pertaining to Internet gambling. While federal regulation of online gambling does not preclude individual state legislation, there are many concerns about enforcement.
Online gambling can be extremely dangerous. It can lead to large losses, credit card problems, and poor performance at school. A good precautionary step is to limit your spending, and limit your gambling to a small number of sites.
Many gaming sites also collect personal information such as name and address for mail promotions. They may also use your information to report delinquent players. If you do not want your information to be used, choose a reputable site.