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.

From Bloomberg:

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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3 Comments on “Three of the Largest Online Poker Sites Shut Down by FBI”

  1. pat Says:

    First…….THIS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

  2. J.R.R Says:

    What they did was totally illegal, plain and simple. You didn’t see Party Poker hanging around when the law came into effect did you? No one is above the law. Also a lot of underage people managed to slip through the cracks too and that’s not cool.

  3. This is Crap just another way for the us to rob people legally and frankly this is supposed to be a free country, so we should act like it, they can not help the fact if kids can slip threw the crack the parents should know what the children are doing at all times, my kids never leave my site. frankly i would rather be in a different country cause this one is shit. i will be praying for all that are charged and hope you beat the us down and sue the hell out of them for slander!!

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