Tennessee sportsbook sues to undo suspension by Lottery

Tennessee Action 24/7 is asking a court to undo a first-in-the-nation decision by the state Lottery to suspend its sportsbook license due to fraud and money laundering, the Associated Press reports.

Action 24/7, which is run by executives of short-term lender Advance Financial, is questioning the regulatory process used to issue the suspension.

According to Lottery investigator Danny DiRienzo, the company self-reported suspicious activity on March 17, which was several days after the alleged fraud took place. In one instance, he said, a player made a $10 deposit into his betting account, which was then followed by 124 deposits with seven cards in as many different names. The account holder then withdrew money without placing many bets.

“It is serious, serious criminal activity, probably in the tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damages done with multiple real individuals and business victims,” DiRienzo said during an emergency meeting of the Lottery board on Friday.

According to the the lawsuit, company representatives wanted to be heard during the meeting, but the panel “refused to hear their position.”

The lottery’s actions were “an inadequate or sometimes complete lack of review of the evidence, an unwillingness to hear Action’s side of the story, and a rush to judgment, ultimately resulting in a destruction of Action’s business,” according to the lawsuit.

Tennessee Action said the total number of fraudulent deposits totaled about $37,400, of $14,700 has been recovered.

12 Responses to Tennessee sportsbook sues to undo suspension by Lottery

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Thank you, Bill Lee for this new criminal activity. YOU could have stopped this. People will die by crimes and suicide as a result of this online gaming you allowed. Thank you

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      John Thomas Stevens says:

      Actually, you have Senator Brian Kelsey to blame.

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        Cryan says:

        I would say B-I-N-G-O is the more dangerous form of gambling. Retirement homes have one of the highest mortality rates in the country. Coincidence?

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        John Thomas you are talking about the legislator who more than any other is responsible for our Tennessee constitutional amendment prohibiting a state income tax and the one who is leading the fight to place Right-to-Work guarantees in our constitution as well. Brian Kelsey (ACU-87%), who the morning line for 2022 has as the most likely to be the beneficiary of a grant from the SIA Evangelical Conservative Political Contribution Fund for his standing for individual freedom, like the freedom to play a game of chance, without the nanny state standing in his way. Brian Kelsey (87%), on outstanding State Senator!

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        James White says:

        Kelsey is also to blame for the Constitutional Convention Article V madness. Like we need to rewrite the constitution in today’s political climate.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Oh Beatrice, how I just love when you sound like a bible carrying Protestant fundamentalist! I can’t help but think that if I only contributed to these Reponses/replies more often and was perhaps a bit more outspoken about my conservative beliefs I could have the satisfaction of seeing you to become a full fledged patriotic conservative (paleo div.) too.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Tennessee does not seem to care if anyone in the state commits’ small crimes of corruption or cheating. it does not matter if you are a politician or related to one or just a private citizen out there scamming the community. It does not speak well for the majority conservative republican state. And Lee, the republican GOV just exempted himself from some rules about scamming the taxpayers.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Don’t worry Taxpayer I think we have just contracted with investigatory arm of one of those squeaky clean governments in a Democratic run dystopia, New York City? Chicago? perhaps Washington DC or Los Angeles. They’ll be here any day to help us clean up all that corruption in Tennessee.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Always the smart-aleck diversion tactics. You apparently are not concerned about cleaning up the political corruption in TN but most conservatives are like that.

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