By Chad Bray Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- The non-executive chairman of Sportingbet PLC (SBT.LN) will fight extradition to Louisiana on charges of illegal Internet gambling, his lawyer said late Thursday. At a hearing in New York State Supreme Court in Queens, Peter Nieman, the lawyer for Peter Dicks, said his client will contest extradition to Louisiana and will ask a New York Supreme Court justice on Friday to release his client on bail. Dicks remains in custody in New York after a state judge declined to grant him bail late Thursday. Nieman said his client, a U.K. citizen, is not a flight risk because he has strong ties to the U.S. and that he believes Dicks can’t be extradited under New York state law for the crimes he is accuse of committing. “This is not the ordinary extradition case,” Nieman said. Dicks, 64 years old, was detained Wednesday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York under a warrant issued in May in St. Landry Parish, La. Nieman said at Thursday’s hearing that Dicks was on his way to a board meeting for a publicly traded company where he serves as a director. Dicks serves on the board of Standard Microsystems. He is charged with violating state gaming laws in connection with his role at Sportingbet, said Senior Trooper Dwight Robinette, a spokesman for the Louisiana State Police. The state police regulate gaming operations in Louisiana.
Online gambling law is constantly changing, and the fact that different operators have to work with regulatory entities in different countries, states and provinces all over the world means that there are going to be some mix-ups from time to time. Sportingbet found this out the hard way when they allowed around 200 Irish players to make bets they weren't supposed to take due to new licensing processes.
How This Mistake Happened
UK Internet gambling company Sportingbet Plc agreed today to forfeit $33 million that it provided to US customers in a deal that they hope will allow the company to resume U.S. online gambling operations sometime in the future if the laws are changed.
According to a statement made by Sportingbet as part of this agreement with New York, the company offered online gambling to U.S. residents from 1996 to Oct. 2006.
It is happening again, more arrests or as they say detained, we will see if they hold them! When will all this end? I think if the UIGEA bill is thrown out here in the US, all this will stop. It seems what ever the US does, the rest of the world follows.The Turkish authorities have detained a number of people working for online gaming group Sportingbet (LSE: SBT.L – news) and its Turkish affiliate Superbahis.