US gives Jersey $2.5m illegal gambling proceeds

US authorities have given Jersey $2.5m (£1.56m) as part of $50m forfeited by a businessman convicted in America of running an offshore gambling business.

The money will be added to Jersey's crime reduction fund.

American Gary Kaplan was jailed, along with Scotsman David Carruthers, for running BetonSports.

Their prosecution relied on evidence from Jersey and Switzerland, although no crime was committed in either jurisdiction.

'Hitting where it hurts'

Clarissa Balmaseda, a London-based US tax enforcement officer, said it was mutually beneficial for the US and Jersey to work together.

"With equitable asset sharing, law enforcement agencies are hitting the bad guys where it hurts - in their wallets.

"We are seizing their profits and transferring them from the criminals, back to the communities," she said.

Jersey's Attorney General, Timothy Le Cocq, said the case proved the island had a strong working relationship with the US.

"It is a vital part of effective law enforcement to ensure that the profits of criminal activity do not make the crime worthwhile, and Jersey has a proven track record of working closely with other jurisdictions," he said.

"We have developed a very good working relationship with the United States."

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