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The argument was provocative, but U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth isn’t exactly convinced that the government needs to return nearly $7 million seized from a company in connection with the investigation of online-gambling fugitive William Scott. But in a March 21 opinion, Lamberth decided to give the company, Soulbury Ltd., one more chance to prove that Scott has no current relationship with the company, which wired funds through a U.S. bank to a bank in Guernsey, an island off the northern coast of France. Soulbury’s lawyers, from McDermott Will & Emery, tried to show that Soulbury should not be held accountable for Scott’s alleged misdeeds. Scott has dodged two sets of criminal charges for online gambling and is safely ensconced on the Caribbean island of Antigua. The company he founded, World Wide Tele-sports, continues its operations despite the criminal charges against Scott. But Lamberth may believe the government’s evidence that Soulbury had long been a front company for Scott’s activities. He gave a warning: “Soulbury is reminded that if it refused to cooperate with discovery requests, the Court may impose appropriate sanctions,” Lamberth wrote.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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