Online Gambling Is Illegal
Using the Internet to conduct illegal gambling is illegal. It is a violation of the Wire Act and the Illegal Gambling Business Act. Moreover, it is a violation of seven federal criminal statutes.
A gambling business is a business that conducts or provides lotteries, pools, or other forms of betting. It also includes conducting wagers, or selling chances or betting cards. A licensed gambling site is a site that is legally bound to provide fair betting odds and random gaming. Moreover, licensed gambling sites must ensure that they are in good standing with the states in which they operate. It also must adhere to age verification and data security standards.
A gambling business must also be run for at least two days and have a gross revenue of more than $2000 per day. In addition, owners of an illegal gambling business can be fined and imprisoned. It is also illegal to accept payment from illegal Internet bets.
Section 1956, a provision of the Gambling Devices Transportation Act, prohibits money laundering, concealing, or evading taxes resulting from illegal gambling. It also creates several other criminal offenses, including laundering for a law enforcement sting.
Section 1957, a provision of the Illegal Gambling Business Act, prohibits spending more than $10,000 of an illegal gambling business’ proceeds at any one time. It also prohibits the transfer of funds between two states, or two individuals, in exchange for illegal gambling funds.
The Federal Communications Commission also has jurisdiction over common carriers, such as telephone companies, Internet service providers, and cable television companies. It can impose restrictions on the leasing or maintenance of facilities. In addition, the commission has the power to suspend or discontinue providing facilities.