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The U.S. Attorney of Maryland has announced a new round of seizures in the online poker community, including the popular

While DoylesRoom was certainly the headliner, several other gaming companies were included in the freeze.,,,, and also saw their websites taken into custody. Among those receiving individual indictments were David Parchomchuk, Darren Wright, and Ann Marie Puig.

“These indictments are the direct result of impressive undercover investigative work by our agents,” said William Winter, Baltimore’s Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations,”along with the close collaboration of our law enforcement partners here in Maryland. The proceeds from illegal Internet gambling are often used to fuel organized crime and support criminal activity. ICE HSI will work diligently to uncover illicit transactions involving these types of financial crimes. Together, with our law enforcement partners, we will disrupt and dismantle organizations that commit these crimes, regardless of their location, whether here in the United States or abroad.”

“It is illegal for internet gambling enterprises to do business in Maryland, regardless of where the website operator is located,” added U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “We cannot allow foreign website operators to flout the law simply because their headquarters are based outside the country.”

This announcement comes nearly a week after the sudden departure of DoylesRoom’s namesake, the legendary Doyle Brunson. At this juncture, it appears that his attempt to avoid complicated legal headaches was a good one.

“Internet gambling, along with other types of illegal e-commerce, is an area of great interest to IRS Criminal Investigation,” said IRS Special Agent in Charge Rebecca A. Sparkman. “Laundering money from an illegal activity such as illegal internet gambling is a crime. Regardless of how the money changes hands – via cash, check, wire transfers or credit cards – and regardless of where the money is stored – in a United States financial institution or an offshore bank – we will trace the funds.”

If that doesn’t qualify as a strongly-worded deterrent to other overseas-based gaming companies, I don’t know what would. The government is quite serious about their current crusade, and with good reason. In their mind, at least, the sooner they weed out the illegal operators, the sooner they can begin establishing their own online poker contracts.