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Off-track Betting Site Owner Arrested

Fargo was the location for another gambling story. A North Dakota man, the manager of a casino style, off-track betting site, was arrested Monday after he confessed to stealing thousands of dollars from his business and later staging a burglary. Jeremy Paul Markey, 28, reported a break-in at Winner’s Circle, the casino betting site, as well as cash theft. When the police arrived they had not found any signs of forced entry, and immediately became suspicious of Markey.

Once Markey admitted to his actions, he led the police to a dumpster where he had thrown the emptied safe. One can only wonder why the drive for receiving money – in any way possible – would be so strong as to lead an owner to knowingly break the law and stage a robbery – in his own company office. Running a casino betting site surely earned him a decent, if not nice, living. So why take the risk? What need did this action fulfill? It brings about a stereotype of crime and dishonest practice to the casino world.

The world of online casino sites, as well as land-based ones, is vulnerable and susceptible to criminal activity. Fraud, theft, and simple lying happen every day at online casino sites and regular casinos. People are always trying to test their luck at how much they can get away with, and how often. It is reassuring to know that online organizations and other associations make it their top priority to protecting other players as well as the online casinos and brick and mortar casinos themselves.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.