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Brooklyn woman involves in fraud to feed gambling addiction

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Yelena Litvak, a young woman living in Brookly, has tricked many potential renters by posing as a real estate agent to obtain money from them. What is surprising is that she did this to feed her gambling addiction. The police have nabbed her and Litvak has pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree grand larceny.

According to prosecutors, between January 2017 and March 2018, Litvak posed a real estate agent and property manager of various Mitchell-Lama housing developments.

She offered to facilitate rentals of apartments at the Kings Bay Housing Company in Brooklyn. Middle-aged Russian immigrants were her main targets. The 20 victims each lost between $15,000 and $82,000. She gambled most of the money away at casinos, prosecutors said.

“The defendant cheated more than a dozen innocent people out of their life savings and hard-earned cash, then gambled it away,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, according to Abruzzese.

 

Source: BrooklynDailyEagle


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Intralot and Intracom deny news of merger

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Greek gambling company Intralot and local IT holding firm Intracom have both denied news about their potential merger. In their separate statements, which curiously looked identical, both companies stressed that the news did not “correspond to reality.”

There had been rumours that a mega-merger of Intralot and Intracom was on the cards. The rumours emerged after Intralot suffered a drop of the nominal value of its bond and a downgrading of its credit rating at the start of the year.

The rumour gained ground because Intralot and Intracom have the same founder and majority shareholder – Greek business mogul Sokratis Kokkalis. Mr. Kokkalis stepped in as the new CEO of the gambling company early this month, replacing Antonios Kerastaris. The now former Chief Executive of the Greek gaming, betting, and lottery group departed after Intralot lost its bid to continue providing sports betting technology to Turkey’s state-owned operator Iddaa.


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PAGCOR Press Statement on Quezon City’s insistence to impose casino entry fees

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As Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte continues to insist on the imposition of entrance fees to Quezon City residents who wish to play in casinos and other gambling facility in the area, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) underscores several cases and provisions that cite the supremacy of national government over local government units.

First, in “Basco vs. PAGCOR (1991)”, wherein the City of Manila filed a case seeking to annul the PAGCOR charter, the court ruled that Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1869 waived the right of the city to impose taxes and fees. The court decision cited that the power of the local government to impose taxes and fees “is always subject to limitations which Congress may provide by law.”

It furthered that P.D. 1869 remains an operative law, until amended or repealed.

Another case, “City of Cagayan de Oro vs. Pryce and PAGCOR (1994)”, cited that ordinances should not contravene a statute that is obvious. It stated that “municipal governments are only agents of the national government; and local councils exercise only delegated legislative powers from Congress as the national law-making body.” Hence, local government units cannot be superior to Congress from which they derive their powers.

The third case, “Herbert Bautista vs. PAGCOR (2016)”, cited that under its Charter, PAGCOR and its agents are exempted from paying local taxes as P.D. 1869 Section 13 provides that “no tax of any kind or form, income or otherwise, as well as fees, charges or levies of whatever nature, whether national or local, shall be assessed and collected under this Franchise from the Corporation nor shall any form of tax or charge attach in any way to the earnings of the Corporation, except a franchise tax of five percent of the gross revenue or earnings derived by the Corporation from its operation under this franchise.”

The entry fees on the city residents who will enter the casino which the Quezon City local government is contemplating on imposing, takes the form of “tax” because of its nature to generate revenues.

However, if the purpose of the imposition of entry fees is to discourage citizens to frequent gaming facilities, such practice is an obvious exercise of police power, and in fact, an encroachment on the function of a national regulatory entity.

PAGCOR, having been granted by Congress with the power to regulate gambling, has the authority to determine the rules and regulations that may deem fit in the regulation of the gaming industry.

If PAGCOR does not find it necessary to impose entrance fees to its clients, then Quezon City’s local government cannot supersede this even if it claims that the imposition of entry fees is only applicable to their constituents.

Besides, if the local government of Quezon City believes that doing such is tantamount only to “safeguarding the welfare of their people”, why did it grant so many Letters of No Objection (LONOs) and Resolutions of No Objection (RONOs) to bingo and other electronic gaming sites in Quezon City?

As of February 28, 2019, there are 97 electronic gaming sites in Quezon City. Of this number, 63 are bingo sites and 34 are eGames gaming sites. This figure does not include the LONO and RONO granted by Quezon City government to Solaire Resort and Casino.


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Blackstone to acquire Ukrainian gaming development company

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The Blackstone Group LP, a US-based investment and asset management company, is all set to acquire Murka Ltd and Murka Entertainment Ltd, an Unranian company that develops unique social and mobile games. The Blackstone Group has already informed Cypriot Commission for the Protection of Competition about the plan.

Murka, established in 2011, is known for its social-casino games like Slots Journey, Slots Journey 2, TX Poker, S & H Casino, Vegas Slots, Royal Fortune Slots, Bubbla Cadabra and Scatter Slots.

These games, where real money cannot be won, exist as mobile apps and on Facebook. Publisher of social casino games earns money via selling in-game content and/or advertising. According to various data, the global social casino market in 2018 brought publishers from $ 3.2 billion in total to $ 3.46 billion on mobile platforms.

Currently, over 100 people work in the Kiev, Dnipro and Lviv offices of Murka. The company has not commented the conditions of the upcoming transaction yet.


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