Jun 20, 2001 7:46 PM

New Jersey is suing three Internet casinos, claiming they violated state law by taking bets from New Jersey residents.

Three casinos -- 7sultans.com, Alohacasino.com and royalclubcasino.com -- are named as defendants in the suit because they advertised in New Jersey, using billboards along the Atlantic City Expressway, according to an Associated Press report.

Investigators placed as many as 20 bets with the sites, the suit alleges. Three teenagers also were able to log on and wager, authorities said.

The sites could not be reached for comment, according to AP.

State attorneys, in the meantime, have asked a judge to let them serve the legal papers via e-mail because of difficulty locating officials for the sites.