Reports out of the United States claim that the country's Department of Justice is considering allowing offshore online betting firms with indicted Executives to clear their slate by paying a large fine in lieu of having the corporate heads doing jail time.
Reportedly, the DoJ would allow online betting companies who offered illegal action to Americans to pay stiff fines in corporate pleas. The change in policy would apply as long as the executives indicted are not US citizens and that their respective companies did not have a physical presence in the US during the times the illegal betting activity was occurring.
If true, the new approach would allow firms like Bodog and PokerStars to potentially re-enter the online betting market in states where the games are legal. Currently, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg and Bodog creator Calvin Ayre are wanted by federal authorities, which is keeping their respective companies from entering the regulated US market.
PokerStars has had its US online gambling ambitions thwarted in recent months, as the group has been denied an online gambling license in New Jersey due to Scheinberg's current legal situation.
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