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Small online gambling ring busted in Texas

Small online gambling ring busted in Texas In Texas the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit has arrested three people for involvement in illegal online gambling. The local cops arrested Justin Franciscotty, 37, his wife Ana Franciscotty, 30, and his sister-in-law Stephanie Uselton, 25, and charged the three with second-degree felony money laundering, which could lend them in prison for up to 20 years. The charges stem from the alleged receipt of large amounts of illegally obtained currency through the U.S. Postal Service in relation to an illegal online gambling operation. According to investigators, Franciscotty was an illegal bookmaker serving customers through a website set up in Costa Rica. "The domain name and setup was based in Costa Rica. It’s like an offshore gambling operation, but you can’t operate offshore from the U.S.," Sgt. David Womack was quoted. Thousands in cash, as well as expensive jewelry, was seized from the suspects by the police.

  Published on 06/18/2008

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