Sports Betting Websites Located Abroad Offering Services to U.S. Citizens

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the "Second Circuit”) affirmed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the "District Court”) which held that Jay Cohen, the director of an offshore sports betting Website, conspired to violate and violated the terms of 18 U.S.C. §1084. Jay Cohen, a business located in Antigua accepted bets from United States citizens over the telephone as well as from bettors on the Internet. The Second Circuit held that Jay Cohen violated the provisions of 18 U.S.C. §1084 by means of the Internet and telephone to transmit calls and accept bets from bettors in New York where gambling is illegal to the World Sports Exchange in Antigua where gambling is legal.

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