gambling affiliate sentenced to 10 years
The operator of two gambling
Web sites in Texas has been sentenced to 10 years in federal
prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution for
scamming dozens of people.
Robert Eon Marshall, 58, who pleaded guilty in January to mail
fraud, was sentenced Friday.
Marshall was the founder and president of Fort Worth-based ECM
Group and operated WorldPokerParty.com and Double
YourMoneyCasino.com, which linked to two other online gambling
The other Web sites would pay Marshall a percentage of gamblers'
losses. He told investors that he would eventually develop a
separate gambling Web site, authorities said. He sold ownership
in his company for $10,000 per unit, but authorities said the
program generated less than $1,000 in revenue for Marshall's
However, in 2003 and 2004 he told investors the company was
successful and mailed false earnings reports so they would
invest more, prosecutors said. At least 41 people, mostly
elderly victims using retirement money, lost more than $900,000.
It appears that the charges
were filed on the base of mail fraud and false reports, and not
on the online casino and online poker affiliation. OGPaper will
continue to investigate this case and we will bring you the
results as they come in.
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