Four men accused of distributing gambling debit cards

September 14, 2011 18:47

The State Attorney's Office filed an indictment to the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court on Wednesday against four men accused of helping to organize gambling, money laundering and tax evasion.

Yoel Azari, Yair Azari, Meir Mizrachi and Golan Shaul distributed prepaid gambling cards worth around $15 million for international gambling websites, Victor Chandler and Stan James. The card sales netted the defendants around NIS 4 million.

The gambling sites issue the prepaid cards in order to evade Israeli law enforcement authorities.

Gambling is prohibited in Israel - with the notable exceptions of the National Lottery and the Israeli Commission for Sports Betting.

Since 2007, it has also been illegal for Israeli credit card companies to deal with online gambling.

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