8 Oklahomans Among 34 People Indicted On Illegal Gambling Charges

Wednesday, April 10th 2013, 5:17 pm
By: News On 6

Dozens of indictments were filed in an illegal online betting investigation in Oklahoma, the FBI said Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors say it involved a billion dollars in illegal bets.

Thirty-four people, including several in Oklahoma, face racketeering, money laundering and gambling indictments as part of the federal investigation.

According to the indictment, "Legendz Sports" solicited illegal bets on the Internet and by phone from Costa Rica and Panama.

"Individuals cannot skirt the laws of the United States by setting up illegal Internet gambling operations in a foreign country, while living in the United States and enjoying all the benefits of U.S. citizens," said Jim Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office. "The FBI, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to be diligent in investigating such violations of federal law."

There are also 23 corporate defendants facing allegations of operating as payment processors, making payouts and laundering gambling funds.

See a list of the defendants.