DoylesRoom Seized as More Indictments Issued
Two Companies and Three Individuals Charged in Maryland
On Monday, a federal grand jury in Baltimore, Maryland returned indictments charging two companies and three defendants with conducting an illegal gambling business and money laundering.
As a result of an undercover sting by Homeland Security Investigations in Maryland, the two-count indictments include Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk of ThrillX, a software solutions provider registered in Canada, and Ann Marie Puig of BMX Entertainment, a company based in Limassol, Cyprus which operates six online-gambling websites.
One of the 10 sites seized in the raid was DoylesRoom, an online poker operator incorporated and licensed in Nicosia, Cyprus. Doyle Brunson has allegedly been in the process of leaving the site and removing his name from the brand.
The indictments allege that the defendants own and manage illegal offshore gambling businesses, stating that internet gambling operators rely upon the U.S. banking system and payment processors to facilitate the movement of funds. In addition, 11 bank accounts — located in the United States, Guam, Panama, Malta, Portugal, and the Netherlands — were seized on Monday.
“It is illegal for internet gambling enterprises to do business in Maryland, regardless of where the website operator is located,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said in a press release. “We cannot allow foreign website operators to flout the law simply because their headquarters are based outside the country.”
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for operating an illegal gambling business and a maximum of 20 years in prison for money laundering. No court appearance has been scheduled.
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