US Authorities vs. online casino customers
November 17, 2009, 11:52 am (9 years ago)
The most recent progress in the growing attempts by the US Department of Justice actions against online casinos and interrupt business for Internet gambling sites includes a significant new procedure, aiming regular US residents. An online gambling patron is demanded by prosecuting attorneys to testify against casinos with which he got involved.
According to his lawyer, Kenneth Hensley Nicholas, Zicarelli has been sentenced to imprisonment for contempt. Hensley states that Zicarelli is just a random patron of online gambling sites being examined by federal authorities, but is being treated as a criminal suspect.
“He’s an honest citizen who doesn’t wish to be involved into this investigation,” Hensley commented.
Zicarelli rejected the request of cooperating with the government, utilizing the Fifth Amendment as a protestation from testifying. But a judge granted him immunity from hearing, removing the Fifth's protection and leaving Zicarelli open to contempt charges.