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Eighteen members of a gambling ring located in Southern California and Peru were charged with operating "Macho Sports," an illegal Internet and telephone gambling business, in an indictment unsealed today (June 19). They are charged with taking millions of dollars of sports gambling wagers from the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. The Peruvian participants took bets from Southern California by Internet and toll-free telephone lines . "The organization ensured the prompt payments of gambling debts through the use of intimidation, threats, and violence," says the U.S. Attorney's office. The ring had teams of bookies in San Diego and Los Angeles recruiting customers, paying off winning bets and collecting on losing bets. San Diego County residents named in the indictments are Amir Mokayef, Michael Christopher Iaco, Howard Alan Blum, Michael John Massey, and Salvatore Giacomo Groppo.

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Anon92107 June 19, 2013 @ 2:57 p.m.

This is one more application of the Republican Doctrine to turn American labor into slave labor.

Wal-Mart is the most infamous example that enriches each Billionaire Walton family member using the old Southern model of plantation slavery, this time throughout the entire United States.

Republican papers like the U-T and Register are just more examples that slavery is making a comeback, and one of their commandments is to destroy all American labor unions and the American middle class.

It's time for a Declaration of Independence against the GOP because their 2012 presidential primaries proved beyond all doubt that they are dedicated to ending American Democracy.

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Don Bauder June 19, 2013 @ 4:41 p.m.

Anon92107: And then there is the jobs that we send to low- and slave-wage nations. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK June 20, 2013 @ 7:51 a.m.

""The organization ensured the prompt payments of gambling debts through the use of intimidation, threats, and violence," says the U.S. Attorney's office. "

no story about some degenerate gambler fighting back?

that I would like to see.

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Don Bauder June 20, 2013 @ 10:37 a.m.

Murphyjunk: Maybe the degenerate gambler fought back by reporting the organization to the U.S. Attorney's office. Trouble is, then you have to admit you were gambling through an offshore connection. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK June 20, 2013 @ 1:03 p.m.

Its amazing how many off shore betting venues are on the net.

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Don Bauder June 20, 2013 @ 9:26 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Americans betting through offshore havens was flourishing before we even had the Internet. Best, Don Bauder

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