An apparent illegal online gambling operation has been dismantled by Jakarta Police. According to police reports and the Head of the General Crimes Directorate, Senior Commander Carlo Brix Tewu, the operation was being run by a seventy year old man by the name of Ongko Widjojo and up to eleven university students serving as Ongko’s assistants. Although details regarding the exact nature of the online gambling ring were not revealed, police did say that some forty computers and flat-screen monitors, as well as two powerful stand alone severs were being used to run the operation.
According to Commander Tewu, the two servers found in separate rooms had the capacity to handle thousands of gigabytes of information. A large setup to say the least, Ongko may be off the hook somewhat because he was apparently not involved in conventional gambling, as deemed illegal under Jakarta’s laws. One thing is certain, however – Ongko was making some big bucks with the operation, which had only been in operation for six months. Jakarta is the eleventh largest city in the world and the ninth densest (in population), and is no stranger to having a thirst for gambling. In preliminary questioning, Ongko said he we could earn in excess of Rp 5 billion in a single week.
With eleven workers helping to keep the operation running smoothly, all of whom were arrested as well, it is safe to assume the gambling ring was conducting some heavy business and handling plenty of online traffic. As the case is yet to go before the court, the charges against Ongko and his assistants remains to be known. Commander Tewu has alluded that Ongko will likely not be charged under the Criminal Code, but may be charged with money laundering crimes.
Harrah’s Pays Up $30 Million for Interfering With Pauma Casino
While global casino operator, Harrah’s has done much to help with worthwhile causes in the past, a recent case shows that Harrah’s is very much capable of doing dirty business as well. A San Diego jury recently found Harrah’s to be guilty of tampering and interfering with a casino project between Caesar’s Entertainment and the Pauma Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in northern Sand Diego County. As such, the Pauma tribe was awarded with $30 million in damages and compensation.
Stemming as far back as June of 2004, the foul play began when the Pauma Tribe inked a deal with Caesars Entertainment to build a $300 million casino resort on the Pauma Yuima Reservation in North Sand Diego, California. One month later, Harrah’s announced their plans to merge with Caesar’s – a move that incited Harrah’s executives to eye the proposed Pauma casino resort with concern.
According to prosecution’s argument at trial, Harrah’s took steps to snuff the Caesar’s project because Harrah’s operated a nearby casino on the Rincon Indian Reservation adjacent to the Pauma Yuima Reservation. Because of a conflict of interest, as well as avoiding an inevitable suit with the Rincon tribe, Harrah’s decided it best to put an end to the Pauma casino resort without anybody knowing about it. However, there actions were not as discreet as they thought they would, and the San Diego jury took these to heart.
The jury concluded that as a result of direct actions by Harrah’s, the Caesar’s Pauma casino resort was stopped from being built, and that the Pauma tribe was entitled to $30 million in lost profit and planning costs. The Pauma tribe continues to operate the Pauma Casino, nested in the middle of a citrus grove in the lush Pauma Valley.