[CQ-Contest] Contesters detained?
n5nj at att.net
Fri Apr 2 00:13:17 EST 1999
There are no U.S. licensed hams with those names.
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From: Scott Robbins <srobbins at usit.net>
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Sent: Thursday, April 01, 1999 18:27
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Contesters detained?
> Saw this tidbit in today's Knoxville Post-Gazette
> TWO ARRESTED IN GAMBLING PROBE
> MIAMI (AP) - U.S. Customs officials announced the arrest
> late yesterday of two individuals in conjunction with an FBI
> probe into off-shore Internet sports gambling.
> Acting on an anonymous tip, Customs officials detained
> John T. Mikalowski, 47, of Schaumburg, IL., and Martin Latham,
> 40, of Rockford, IL., upon their arrival in Miami en route
> to Chicago from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
> The two men were transporting a large quantity of "ham"
> radio and computer equipment at the time of their arrest.
> U.S. Customs spokesman Robert Faber said circuitry inside one
> piece of radio equipment had been removed and replaced with
> $374,000 in U.S. currency, computer disks, and computer
> printouts indicating gambling activity. Several laptop
> computers were also seized.
> Stephen Walsh, attorney for the two Illinois men, said
> in a telephone interview that Mikalowski and Latham were
> returning to the Chicago area after participating in an
> international amateur radio operator competition the
> weekend of March 27.
> The two men are free on $100,000 bond after being
> arraigned in Federal District Court in Miami on tax evasion
> and money laundering charges.
> Explosive growth of the Internet has included gaming
> web sites that invite wagering on professional sports events.
> Many of these on-line businesses are operated by Americans from
> Caribbean islands in an effort to circumvent U.S. gaming and
> tax regulations.
> FBI spokesmen declined to comment, indicating the
> matter is still under investigation.
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