Three of the Largest Online Poker Sites Shut Down by FBI
Isai Scheinber and Paul Tate of PokerStars, Scott Tom and Brent Beckley of Absolute Poker, and Raymond Bitar and Nelson Burtnick of Full Tilt Poker have each been indicted and charged with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses.
Founders of three Internet poker companies, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, were among 11 people charged by the U.S. in a case that seeks at least $3 billion in forfeitures and penalties.
A revised indictment issued yesterday includes charges of bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling. It is the latest in a series of criminal cases against Internet gambling companies brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan.
“These defendants concocted an elaborate criminal fraud scheme, alternately tricking some U.S. banks and effectively bribing others to assure the continued flow of billions in illegal gambling profits,” Bharara said in a statement. “To circumvent the gambling laws, the defendants also engaged in massive money laundering and bank fraud.”
Bitar, Scheinberg, Burtnick, Tate, Tom and Beckley aren’t in the U.S. and haven’t been arrested, Bharara’s office said.
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