By Paul Brinkmann
Four defendants have pleaded guilty, in two separate cases, in an Orlando-based cyber crime ring that authorities said provided payment services for illegal offshore gambling websites.
The group was responsible for at least $8.5 million in illegal payments, the charges said.
Jason Neiman of Costa Rica pleaded guilty May 19 in Orlando federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Earlier this year, three Orlando area men previously pleaded in a related case: Theron Dwight Barron, Christopher Paolini and Eduardo Berdum.
Two more defendants charged along with Neiman are still facing prosecution: David H. Stewart of Daytona and Tom Freeborn of Canada. Stewart has entered a not guilty plea in the case. There’s no record on the docket of a Freeborn plea; he would be subject to possible extradition from Canada.
The group used shell companies to help offshore gambling websites to process payments from U.S. citizens, according to an indictment.
Barron, Paolini and Freeborn used company names like MoneylineWallet.com and e-trustcheck.com.
Neiman, Stewart and Freeborn used company names like Web Pay TV, eGoldWallet and DoughFlow, according to the charges.
The IRS investigated along with a cyber crime task force of the U.S. Secret Service that included local law enforcement. IRS Special Agent Robert Crockett confirmed the matters are related.