Criminal Investigation (CI) has had an active gaming program since 1994 when there was a significant surge in legalized gambling. The legalization and popularity of gaming continues to grow and is currently legal in some form in most states. Criminal Investigation focuses attention on the gaming industry through the enforcement of tax, money laundering, and other related financial criminal statutes within CI’s jurisdiction.
Illegal gaming operations, including bookmaking, numbers, Internet and some charitable gaming operations. Criminal Investigation continues to play an enforcement role in the illegal gaming industry and to support regulatory and legislative initiatives aimed at eliminating an environment conducive to illegal gambling.
Criminal Investigation’s gaming program consists of a two faceted proactive approach to industry compliance. The first facet is the investigation of entities suspected of violating tax or money laundering laws. The second facet is liaison activities with federal, state, and tribal gaming boards, licensing commissions, industry regulators, gaming operators, gaming industry suppliers, and law enforcement. A critical component of both facets is CI’s coordination with the civil functions of the IRS in addressing trends and concerns in the gaming industry.
Gaming enforcement statistics on investigations initiated, prosecutions recommended, indictments, sentenced investigations and months to serve in prison.
Examples of Gaming Fraud Investigations
The examples of gaming fraud investigations are excerpts from public record documents on file in the court records in the judicial district in which the cases were prosecuted.