A man was arrested recently under a racketeering charge for alleged online illegal activity. Boulder police suspect that the man has been running an illegal online gambling ring for approximately three years. He has been accused of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, and he will now have to focus on his criminal defense against the charge.
The man supposedly ran his gambling website from Jan. 1, 2010, until Jan. 8, 2013. The district attorney said that the man’s alleged crimes were “triable” in Boulder County, which means that the man had some kind of connection to the area. This includes having bank accounts in the district, having exchanges take place within the district or possibly even that the man lives within the district; however, the details have not been given.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigations claim that they have investigated 195 checks written to the order of the man from various suspected gamblers. These checks ranged from $50 to $11,000, totaling nearly $300,000 in alleged gambling checks. The man was arrested and taken into custody at the Boulder County Jail, and he was being held on a $50,000 bail.
Even though the investigators claim to have checks written to the man for supposed illegal gambling debts, it will ultimately be up to Colorado prosecutors to prove the purpose of the checks in court. As with many accusations about supposed criminal activity online, it could be difficult to prove that the man is actually the proprietor of an illegal online operation. Regardless, the severe consequences a conviction could bring requires that the man’s not inconsiderable legal rights be closely guarded as he proceeds with his criminal defense to fight for a satisfactory result that is in his own best interests.
Source: Boulder County News, Boulder man accused of running online gambling site arrested by CBI, Mitchell Byars, Jan. 10, 2014