Seattle PI is reporting that federal prosecutors have moved to seize more than $553,000 from Canadian company Secure Money, which is accused of facilitating payments for online poker players in the state of Washington.
Washington, of course, is the state that recently passed laws equating online gambling to arson and child abduction (I shit you not), so it may come as no surprise that prosecutors have tapped U.S. Civil judges to seize the assets of six banks suspected of aiding in these transactions.
The McCarthy-style prosecution has named seven Washington residents who supposedly received checks for online poker winnings marked “Payroll” through the service. An undercover officer gambling through UltimateBet was also paid through the service, reports the news source.
“Processing checks that represent the funds derived from illegal gambling … constitutes a violation of the money laundering provisions [set in federal law],” claims an unnamed assistant U.S. Attorney in the civil case filed last month.