|Federal law enforcement officials in America have announced that they will be giving local agencies in the eastern state of Maryland $4.1 million that was seized from an illegal gambling operation.|
The Maryland State Police, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department helped in an operation that shut an illegal gambling operation at several Maryland truck stops three years ago. The Virginia-based company behind the gambling, Truck Stop Games, pleaded guilty to money laundering in Federal Court last year and was fined $500,000. According to the US Attorney’s Office, the company paid a total of $2.5 million to the Federal Government while TravelCenters of America, the owners of the venues, was forced to forfeit $4.2 million in a related civil action for its role in the scheme.
Baltimore US Attorney Rod Rosenstein announced that State Police would receive $2.9 million from the seized funds while the Baltimore County Police Department would get more than $176,000 and Queen Anne's County Sheriff’s Department $1.6 million.
Rosenstein stated that assets seized during criminal cases are returned to victims when possible or redistributed to local law enforcement agencies that helped in an investigation.
'So we make a positive out of a negative,' said Rosenstein.