The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA)

In 2006, the federal government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) as a means to crack down on gambling services that operated online across state lines. Anyone caught violating this federal law may be subject to harsh punishments if convicted, including up to 5 years in jail and substantial financial penalties. There are some critical exemptions to this law, though.

Legal Exemptions to UIGEA Provisions

The rules of the UIGEA ban on online gambling only extend to certain types of operations. Sites or programs that meet an exemption cannot be prosecuted under this law. The exceptions to this law include the following:

  • Fantasy sports programs
  • Contestant or educational contests involving a prize
  • Inter-tribal gambling operations for American Indian tribes
  • Particular horse-racing operations
  • Gambling sites or programs that only operate in a single state

While operators running their gambling sites or programs under these exceptions may not face federal prosecution, there may be state requirements that they are obligated to meet in order to run a legal gambling operation. If they violate a state gambling law instead of federal ones, they may still face state penalties if convicted.

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If you’ve been charged with operating an online gambling site or group that violations the UIGEA’s provisions, you may be facing a tough prosecution and even tougher penalties. To learn more about how we can help you defend yourself from these allegations, contact attorney Mark T. Lassiter today by calling (214) 845-7007.

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