|According to a report from the Bloomberg business news agency, the founder of online gambling site BetOnSports.com, Gary Kaplan, has lost a bid to be freed on bail due to health considerations as he awaits trial.|
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Kaplan ten months ago in the Dominican Republic after he had fled a US Government indictment issued in July of 2006 for illegal Internet betting. Other officials of the company were also indicted with Chief Executive Officer David Carruthers taken into custody over a year ago while he was on a layover between the UK and Costa Rica in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
US District Judge Carol Jackson denied Kaplan’s request to be released in a St. Louis Federal Court even after he had offered to pay for a private security detail to guard him and agreed to wear electronic monitoring equipment.
'There is no condition or combination of conditions of release that would reasonably assure the defendant's appearance,' Jackson said in her ruling.
The London-based online gambling company pleaded guilty in May to a single racketeering conspiracy charge and agreed to co-operate with prosecutors by furnishing evidence against Kaplan and eleven co-defendants, including Carruthers, with all defendants having pled not guilty.
Carruthers, who has vigorously protested his innocence throughout, remains under house arrest in St Louis and has yet to have his day in court on the charges laid against him by the US Department of Justice.