Monday, January 10, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Online Gambling - Kevin Pinto
To the outside world, Kevin Pinto led a normal life. He had a good job as a financial compliance officer with an investment firm in Toronto. He was well-respected by his colleagues. But Kevin Pinto was also leading a secret life.
For five years, he was the man the police dubbed The Exchange Bandit. He was wanted for dozens of bank hold-ups, ranging from a few hundred dollars to 9,000 dollars. He evaded police for 5 years before turning himself in, in 2008.
Kevin Pinto pleaded guilty to ten counts of robbery. He's now serving three years and nine months in prison. He says he began robbing banks to support a gambling addiction. He also says his story should be a cautionary tale as Ontario prepares to join Quebec and British Columbia in launching its own online gambling program.
Janet Thompson is a producer with CBCNews.ca. And she interviewed Kevin Pinto at the Collins Bay Federal Penitentiary in Kingston, Ontario.
Online Gambling - Michael James
Of course, not everyone who gambles becomes addicted. Michael James is an online poker player in Toronto. And gambling gives him an income.
Online Gambling - Paul Pellizzari
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is getting ready to launch its online gaming program next year. It will be the first online gaming program in Ontario. Right now it is illegal for anyone other than the provincial government to manage a lottery or gaming scheme in the province. Ontario will be the third to offer online gaming, after BC and Quebec.
Paul Pellizzari is the Director of Policy and Social Responsibility with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. He was in Toronto.