Skip to main content

Argentine Court Hands First Conviction Related to Illegal Gambling

The latest conviction in Buenos Aires on an online casino operator has become a first in Argentina’s legal system.

The city prosecutor’s office has passed the country’s first-ever conviction for the crime of illegal gambling. The recipient of this historic sentence is Quinton Gregori Marshall, operator of online betting site Miljugadas.

Judge Rodolfo Ariza Clerici handed Marshall a three-year prison sentence after the court established that Miljugadas has been offering online wagers illegally to local bettors in Buenos Aires. Casinos, both web-based and brick-and-mortar, are banned in the autonomous capital.

Marshall, an Englishman who resides in the Misiones province, had his prison sentence suspended for his lack of criminal record. In exchange, officials will closely monitor Marshall’s movement for two years. In addition to those penalties, authorities will disable Miljugadas’ betting sites in Buenos Aires.

This monumental conviction came after lawmakers amended the Argentine Penal Code to consider clandestine gambling a federal crime, which would warrant a penalty of a prison sentence. According to one Argentine prosecutor, this decision will serve as a precedent to other efforts toward eradicating illegal gambling in the South American country.

Martin Lapadu, a public prosecutor, said:

Es muy positivo haber logrado esta condena inédita en nuestro país. Un gran incentivo para ahondar la investigación de más de 180 casos de páginas web ilegales, para las que ya conseguimos más de 130  órdenes judiciales de bloqueos nacionales, además de la baja de dominios de internet como Spingol.com y Misionbet.com (It is very positive to have achieved this unprecedented sentence in our country. A great incentive to deepen the investigation of more than 180 cases of illegal websites, for which we already obtained more than 130 court orders of national blockades, in addition to the lowering of Internet domains such as Spingol.com and Mision.bet.com).”

Lapadu claimed that authorities have also blocked credit cards, virtual wallets, and bank accounts related to illegal gambling—freezing around ARS450 million worth of funds. He added that the city prosecutor’s office has successfully requested that the confiscated money be placed in a fund meant for responsible gaming in Argentina.

| Related: UKGC Sanctions Erring Gambling Companies by £18 Million – Report

Illegal Gambling Now a Crime in Argentina

In December 2016, Argentina approved Law No. 27346 that modified parts of the country’s criminal law. One of those modifications included changing illegal gambling from being a mere violation to a criminal offense throughout Argentina. With that change, convictions for the crime of illegal gambling will guarantee a prison sentence.

The Penal Code Article 301 says:

Será reprimido con prisión de tres (3) a seis (6) años el que explotare, administrare, operare o de cualquier manera organizare, por sí o a través de terceros, cualquier modalidad o sistema de captación de juegos de azar sin contar con la autorización pertinente emanada de la autoridad jurisdiccional competente (It will be repressed with imprisonment of three (3) to six (6) years who exploits, administers, operates or in any way organize, by itself or through third parties, any modality or system for capturing games of chance without having the pertinent authorization emanating from the competent jurisdictional authority).”

Lapadu added that classifying illegal gambling as a criminal act would help the government investigate and crack down on related illicit activities across the Argentine region.

The autonomous city of Buenos Aires, in particular, has aggressively hunted down illegal gambling operators—both online and offline—ever since the revision of Article 301. Gov. Maria Eugenia Vidal, together with the Comisión para la Prevención y Represión del Juego Ilegal (Commission for the Prevention and Suppression of Illegal Gambling) has conducted several surprise raids which they saw as an effective tool in battling the crime.

| Related: Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone Faces Illegal Gambling Charges

LATEST CASINO NEWS & BLOGS


News

Wazdan Teases 7 New Slots Complete with All Unique Wazdan Features

February 21, 2019

Space Gem and Magic Stars 5 are two of the seven newest online slots produced by Wazdan, complete with the competitive and engaging Unique Wazdan Features.

BitCasino.io Players Happier with Litecoin Now as Payment Option

February 20, 2019

BitCasino.io has added Litecoin, following high demand from players to have the silver to Bitcoin's gold supported by the newly improved crypto casino.

EOSBet Welcomes BTC Deposits, Cashouts & Bets

February 15, 2019

EOSBet Casino launches Bitcoin betting in beta, making EOSBet the first EOS dApp to natively accept BTC. Players will get 10 BET for every 1 BTC wagered.

Blogs

10 Online Slots That Will Make You Rock On

February 11, 2019

Can’t get enough of your favorite rock music? These 10 rock-themed online slots will give you the satisfaction you need with better wins and gaming.

10 Best Online Gaming Hubs That Accept Your EOS Tokens

January 22, 2019

Here are 10 online casinos where you can play rounds of poker, blackjack, baccarat, dice, crash, or online slot games using your EOS tokens.

10 Cutest Penguin Slots That Will Leave Your Heart and Wallet Happy

January 18, 2019

Love adorable penguins? Like playing in online casinos? Then check out these 10 penguin-themed online slot games and enjoy the best of both worlds.

CHOOSE CASINOS NOW
LOGIN TO BBC
No account yet? Register here
JOIN US NOW
Already have an account? Login