American casinos, gaming companies and lawmakers are calling on federal prosecutors to crack down on illegal offshore gambling sites that they say are evading consumer protection regulations.
The push comes as sports gambling has quickly expanded in the U.S. in recent years, with more than 30 states and Washington D.C. allowing it.
“What maybe at one point in time was a relative nuisance, is now becoming a serious threat to the legal, licensed gaming industry,” Bill Miller, CEO of the American Gaming Association told CNBC in a recent interview.
In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland this spring, the AGA asked the Justice Department to investigate well-known offshore gambling sites, which it said are openly violating federal and state laws and brazenly paying for advertising that targets U.S. gamblers.
Then on June 29, more than two dozen members of Congress also sent a letter…