MARKET FOR ILLEGAL AND UNREGULATED ONLINE GAMBLING STILL EXISTS, FEDERAL LEGISLATION NEEDED TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS
WASHINGTON – On the anniversary of “Black Friday” Louis Freeh, former FBI Director and FairPlayUSA Advisory Board Member, released the following statement:
“The shutdown of a few online gambling websites for laundering money and defrauding banks was a step in the right direction. Yet, in the year since ‘Black Friday’, we have seen an effective law enforcement tool – the Wire Act – taken away, even though the market for illegal and unregulated online gambling still exists.
“Federal legislation is needed to stop the proliferation of these unregulated sites and protect American families through safeguards against fraud, underage gambling and money laundering. Congressional action is required to restore the Wire Act and provide law enforcement with the tools necessary to effectively patrol a borderless Internet that is fraught with rogue online gambling sites outside the reach of U.S. law. We must provide strict, uniform national standards for online poker that protect adult consumers and prevent minors from gambling.”