According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on April 28th, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and six other state regulators urged the federal government to put an end to illegal offshore and online gambling activities. The initiative was led by NGCB chairman Kirk Hendrick and supported by regulators from Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Jersey.
Urging Measures Against Illegal Gambling:
The gaming regulatory bodies of seven states, including NGCB Chairman Kirk Hendrick, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, urging the government to take significant action against illegal offshore and online gambling activities. The letter called on the Department of Justice to prioritize combatting these activities.
According to reports, Hendrick emphasized that illegal offshore and online gambling pose significant risks, including the absence of measures to protect minors, prevent money laundering, and ensure fair payouts, and result in the loss of state tax revenue for essential programs.
Concerns of Significant Threats Expressed:
Regulators have expressed concerns that profits from illegal gambling may be used to finance other illegal activities. They communicated this to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in a letter.
According to reports, the letter sent by the regulatory bodies to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland highlighted that state action alone is not enough to combat offshore illegal gambling. The letter urged the Department of Justice to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of these sites, and offered assistance from state gaming regulators.