18 USC Sec. 1084 01/05/2009
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 50 - GAMBLING
Sec. 1084. Transmission of wagering information; penalties
(a) Whoever being engaged in the business of betting or wagering
knowingly uses a wire communication facility for the transmission
in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or information
assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or
contest, or for the transmission of a wire communication which
entitles the recipient to receive money or credit as a result of
bets or wagers, or for information assisting in the placing of bets
or wagers, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more
than two years, or both.
(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the
transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of information for
use in news reporting of sporting events or contests, or for the
transmission of information assisting in the placing of bets or
wagers on a sporting event or contest from a State or foreign
country where betting on that sporting event or contest is legal
into a State or foreign country in which such betting is legal.
(c) Nothing contained in this section shall create immunity from
criminal prosecution under any laws of any State.
(d) When any common carrier, subject to the jurisdiction of the
Federal Communications Commission, is notified in writing by a
Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency, acting within its
jurisdiction, that any facility furnished by it is being used or
will be used for the purpose of transmitting or receiving gambling
information in interstate or foreign commerce in violation of
Federal, State or local law, it shall discontinue or refuse, the
leasing, furnishing, or maintaining of such facility, after
reasonable notice to the subscriber, but no damages, penalty or
forfeiture, civil or criminal, shall be found against any common
carrier for any act done in compliance with any notice received
from a law enforcement agency. Nothing in this section shall be
deemed to prejudice the right of any person affected thereby to
secure an appropriate determination, as otherwise provided by law,
in a Federal court or in a State or local tribunal or agency, that
such facility should not be discontinued or removed, or should be
(e) As used in this section, the term "State" means a State of
the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, or a commonwealth, territory or possession of the
(Added Pub. L. 87-216, Sec. 2, Sept. 13, 1961, 75 Stat. 491;
amended Pub. L. 100-690, title VII, Sec. 7024, Nov. 18, 1988, 102
Stat. 4397; Pub. L. 101-647, title XII, Sec. 1205(g), Nov. 29,
1990, 104 Stat. 4831; Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXIII, Sec.
330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)
1994 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this
title" for "fined not more than $10,000".
1990 - Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101-647 inserted "commonwealth,"
before "territory or possession of the United States".
1988 - Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 100-690, Sec. 7024(a), inserted "or
foreign country" after "State" in two places.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 100-690, Sec. 7024(b)(2), struck out ",
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, territory, possession, or the District
of Columbia" after "State".
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 100-690, Sec. 7024(b)(1), added subsec. (e).