New Jersey regulator orders gambler to repay $90,000 after geolocation case

Out-of-state online gambler to repay $90,000 of “prohibited” funds

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has ordered a gambler to repay more than $90,000 of funds accrued by playing online out-of-state.

In a case dating back to February 2014, California man Vinh Dao was found to be gambling using New Jersey-based websites belonging to Borgata and Caesars Interactive.

Individuals accessing sites out of state for the purposes of gambling is regarded as a prohibited activity under New Jersey regulatory standards.

In exchange for his cooperation with investigators, Dao has been allowed to retain a further $2,500 gambled illegally online.

In the report on the investigation, the DGE said the funds in Dao’s accounts were to be considered as completed gaming transactions because they are ‘owed’ by New Jersey casino licensees to a prohibited person.

Regulations confirm that “a prohibited person shall be subject to forfeiture” of all funds gained via prohibited activities.

The funds will be forfeited to the state and will be split between a fund for the disabled, senior citizens and the treatment of problem gambling.

No confirmation has been made by the DGE as to whether the operators involved will face a regulatory penalty for allowing the gambling to take place.

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