Federal government shares money seized in crime with county

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Posted: Jun 02, 2011 4:28 PM
Federal government shares money seized in crime with county

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A government agency shared some $470,000 seized during an investigation into illegal internet gambling businesses with the Maryland's Anne Arundel County Police Department, the agency said on Thursday.

The unusual gesture came after the county police department worked with the Baltimore office of the federal government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in getting two businesses and three defendants indicted for an international gambling operation based online.

"By working together, we are making a big impact," Special Agent in Charge William Winter said of the U.S. government-led operation.

The federal and county agencies created a sting operation that involved setting up an undercover payment processor called Linwood Payment Solutions, a statement said. Through this front organization, agents gathered information to build their case.

Linwood processed over 300,000 transactions worth more than $33 million. Some of the money was processed for individuals in Maryland.

More funds connected to this case are likely to be shared with other agencies that assisted to the case, a spokesman said.

The Internal Revenue Service and Maryland State Police also assisted in the investigation.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Greg McCune)