“The cooperation between our department and [ICE HIS] investigation goes far beyond normal law enforcement task forces,” County Police Chief James Teare Sr. of the Anne Arundel County Police Department said. Ice being the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and HIS being the Homeland Security Investigations division. How far beyond “normal law enforcement task forces”? $470,407.62 worth.
From late 2009 through 2011, ICE and HSI ran an undercover operation where they set up an online payment called Linwood Payment Solutions.
According to reports, during this operation, over 300,000 transactions totaling over $33 million were processed for the companies ThrillX Systems and K23 Group financial Services companies which were recently indicted. About 11 bank accounts were seized that held players funds from TruePoker.com, DoylesRoom.com, and betED.com.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department had three officers assigned to the case during that time and has now received a check for $470,407.62 for their time and hard work put into the operation. County Executive John R. Leopold also said that the department expects to receive more forfeited assets in the future.
Asked how come the money was given so quickly after the indictments were unsealed, HSI special agent William Winter said, “The money that was shared back today is from seizures that happened more than a year ago.”
Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold said of the biggest donation ever made to the department,
“Especially in these tough economic times, when I’ve had to make very unpleasant budget cuts, I’m pleased to see these revenues will come to the police department to help them out and help them do their job.”
Interesting, I wonder about the players whose money is in TruePoker.com, DoylesRoom.com, and betED.com and their economic times. Wondering if they will get their money back from these online poker sites as it is generously being spent by ICE and HSI. All these people were doing was playing online poker, which to this date we cannot find a law against it.