The United States' Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 will be seen in headlines this week as a man who helped run an offshore online sportsbook faces sentencing in Massachusetts.
Daniel Eremian was found guilty of racketeering and conspiracy for helping to run the offshore site out of Antigua along with his brother Robert. His politician sister Patrice was also impacted by the case, as she plead guilty to helping Daniel file false tax returns.
The federal government is apparently seeking to make an example of Eremian by asking the judge to put him in prison for four years as well as forfeit the $8 million he was already forced to surrender. Prosecutors said that the world is watching the case and that Eremian's sentence should show offshore operators that they cannot commit crimes within the United States.
A submission to the court by prosecutors reads that: “If the court’s sentence does not provide sufficient punishment, other offshore gambling businesses may take it as a signal that U.S. laws have no teeth and that it is worth the risk to conduct their business in the United States."
The case involving Eremian is believed to be the first UIGEA suit to actually go to trial in the six years that the Act has been on the books.