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Israel Indicts Four In Online Gambling Scheme

Four Israeli men were named as defendants in an indictment filed by a State Attorney's Office on Wednesday, which claims the men engaged in illegal gambling, money laundering and tax evasion.

The four defendants, named Yoel Azari, Yair Azari, Meir Mizrachi and Golan Shaul are being accused by the government of distributing gambling cards valued at around $15 million which were to be used at online gambling websites. The results of the card sales earned the defendants nearly NIS 4 million in profits, which converts to about $1 million USD.

Gambling is generally considered illegal in Israel, with the only exception being the state run lottery and Israeli Commission for Sportsbetting.

The indictment, which was filed in the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court claims that the men sold the gambling cards under the company name MYM Ltd to kiosks, who then in turn sold them to gamblers.

The State Attorney commented on the case by releasing a statement that said the indictments show “...another step in the economic enforcement against the Internet gambling phenomenon." The State Attorney also described the defendants' scheme was ""a complex and covert operation."

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16 September 2011 - 6:26am
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What I cannot understand is if gambling is illegal, why did kiosks buy the cards? I guess the 4 man are not only to blame, the kiosk owners and the people who bought the cards should also be punished..

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19 September 2011 - 1:36am
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The whole thing is quite strange given that a huge number of the operators, software developers, and affiliate programs in the online gambling industry are based in Israel or owned by Israelis.

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19 September 2011 - 7:48am
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Yes I agree, I know that most of the biggest software providers are Israeli based companies, such as Playtech for example...

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