Seven people have been arrested in New York following a year-long investigation of a gambling ring that involved bets wagered on Internet Web sites run by operators of an wireroom set up in a foreign country.

"They have been in operation for years," Senior Assistant District Attorney William McClarnon said. "They were certainly making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year."
In some cases, the Rockland crew intimidated or attempted to threaten bettors to collect a losing bet, Rockland District Attorney Michael Bongiorno said.
The gamblers set up legal gambling operations in Costa Rica and other countries to circumvent the laws and authorities in the United States, Bongiorno said.
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