In an application for a seizure warrant through the US District Court in Philadelphia, a federal investigator claimed that Costa Rica based betting site 5Dimes laundered $2 million by having American customers fund their account using Amazon gift cards.
The revelation comes as the federal government is trying to shut down the 5Dimes site, and the application for the warrant claims that used the company names GC Lover and Blue Iguana to accept the cards, thus laundering funds. On their site, 5Dimes reportedly instructed players to buy the Amazon cards at a retail location and then send them a picture to fund their account. The company also reportedly offered a 10% boost on winnings if you accepted Amazon gift cards as a payout method.
The warrant application claims in part: "[T]he investigation has determined that 5Dimes has developed an alternative to the traditional online financial payment methods, which is unavailable to 5Dimes under federal law, in order to operate its illegal betting operation in the U.S. This illegal alternative relies on the use of [Amazon gift cards], in violation of Amazon's terms of service."
As of press time both Amazon and 5Dimes declined comment.
Casino Listings will update this story as we learn more about the application and legal action as it arises.