New York bookmaker Gary Kaplan, who went on to found BetOnSports, a successful online gamblingÂ company based in the UK, was arrested has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and facesÂ extradition to the US under a new anti-gambling law. He will also face trial on outstandingÂ charges that pre-date that law.Â
Kaplan has been wanted in the US on racketeering charges and since the passing last autumn of theÂ Unlawful Internet Gambling Prohibition (UIGP) Act he is likely to face charges under thatÂ legislation.
Kaplan was based in Costa Rica, which does not have an extradition agreement with the US. He was deported to neighbouring Puerto Rico, a US territory, where he will face a US judge. Prosecutors allege that BetOnSports accepted $3.5 billion worth of illegal bets from US gamblers.Â
The US was censured this week by the World Trade Organisation, which ruled that the US broke freeÂ trade rules in banning online gambling processing abroad.