DOJ Prosecutes Founder Of Top 3 Online Poker Operators In The U.S

The Justice Department has charged the founder of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker with bank fraud, money laundering, illegal gambling crimes and violations of the Illegal Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

In an indictment released today, the DOJ seized five Internet domains and issued a restraining order against approximately 76 bank accounts in 14 countries. The DOJ is also seeking $3 billion in private money laundering penalties in addition to forfeiting funds.

Isai Scheinberg, founder of PokerStars, who recently completed a deal with Wynn Resorts to create PokerStarsWynn.com when online poker was licensed and approved in the U.S., has been charged. Wynn has not issued a statement about the indictment at this time.

The indictment also names Full Tilt founder Raymond Vitar and former processing chief Nelson Bertnick, as well as Absolute Poker founders Scott Tom and Brent Beckley. Absolute Poker and Ultimate Beta are currently owned by Blanca Games. Bertnick also once served as Falkers Stars’ head of payment processing.

The DOJ charged Ryan Lang, Ira Rubin, Bradley Fransen, and Chad Eli, who served as brokers between poker companies and payment processing companies, for poker companies. And along the way, John Campos, vice chairman and part-owner of SunFirst Bank, was charged for his role.

Campos was arrested this morning in Las Vegas and Ellie in Utah, according to the Justice Department.

The Justice Department said the other defendants were not in the United States and that it was working with Interpol to secure their arrests. 파워볼실시간

Visitors to Absolute Poker, PokerStars and Full Tilt are welcomed with a message that begins with, “This domain name was seized by the F.B.I. under an arrest warrant in Rem issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.”

Both PokerStars and Full Tilt have indicated they will not accept plays from the United States.

FokerStars players from the popular poker forum TwoPlusTwo have announced they can’t play games today. According to a screen capture posted when one player tried to register for the tournament, FokerStars is telling players, “I’m sorry, but due to government regulations, actual betting games are not allowed in your area.”

In a statement released today, U.S. Attorney Preet Barara of the Southern District of New York said he believed Falker Stars, Full Tilt and Absolute Falker had been charged.

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