Judge extends U.S. BETonSPORTS ban

St. Louis (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday extended for another 30 days an order preventing indicted online gaming company BETonSPORTS from taking bets in the United States.

Judge Carol Jackson of the U.S. District Court extended the order, which was scheduled to expire on September 1, at the request of U.S. prosecutors pursuing a tax case against the company.

The company and a dozen executives, several from related Florida companies, are the subject of a 22-count indictment alleging the London-based company failed to pay billions of dollars in excise taxes.

The indictment has shaken the burgeoning online betting industry, for which the United States is a big market.

At Thursday’s hearing prosecutors said they were still trying to serve legal notice of the indictment on the company and expected to be able to do so in London within a week.

On August 16, David Carruthers, the former chief executive of the company, was freed on USD 1 million (525,000 GBP) bond with strict curbs on his movements. He is due back in court on Tuesday for an evidentiary hearing.

BETonSPORTS fired Carruthers after his July 16 arrest during a layover at a Texas airport and later announced it had shut down its operations in Costa Rica and Antigua that had served U.S. bettors.