Louisiana state authorities have failed in their attempts to extradite former SportingBet chairman Peter Dicks in a New York court room on Friday.
The online gambling industry is breathing a collective sigh of relief this weekend, after the news that George Pataki, governor of New York, refused to sign the warrant which would allow Dicks’ extradition to Louisiana to face alleged “computer gambling charges”.
Peter Dicks was detained at John F. Kennedy airport in New York over three weeks ago due to a Louisiana state warrant for his arrest. Dicks spent a couple days in prison before being granted bail, an experience he described as “interesting and colourful”. Dicks was River Belle Casino the second online gambling executive to be detained by US authorities this year, after David Carruthers, a former BetonSports executive, was arrested in Dallas and charged with racketeering charges for providing internet and phone bets to US residents.
SportingBet removed Dicks from his position as chairman after their shares crashed following the end of a SportingBet-requested suspension of trading. It is believed Dicks will not be returning to his former position at SportingBet, with the ex-chairman saying, “They’ve had enough of me.”