Billions of dollars of illegal Internet gambling proceeds by the largest Internet poker companies operating in the United States.
The owners of Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and PokerStars, all together 11 people, were charged with violating U.S. anti-Internet gambling laws, filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, money laundering charges seeking to recover at least $3 billion from the companies, according to officials.
All these companies based overseas. The company owners and some of their employees directed the gambling profits to online shell companies.
Two of the men were arrested , one is expected to turn himself in to law enforcement. Interpol is looking for others.
The charges are part of a crackdown on Internet gambling in the United States, where it has been illegal since 2006.