Login

Selling gambling software overseas leads to felony charges at home

blackjack

Robert Stuart earned $2.3 million from licensing his software to overseas casinos and bookmakers, but he's now facing criminal charges in New York, where authorities accuse him of promoting gambling within the state. Stuart maintains that his company only sells software to companies outside the US, and that he was never aware that it would be used to promote gambling in New York, noting that the program doesn't actually place bets, but simply provides gambling companies with basic web-based infrastructure.

He also doesn't know which companies he's accused of aiding and abetting, but that hasn't stopped prosecutors from charging him with one felony count, in what could set a dangerous precedent for other software makers who could be held responsible for how their products are used. “It’s overreaching where they’re going after a software developer who sells the software with a legal license," Stuart told Wired. "And yet we’re still being prosecuted on how it’s being used.”

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.