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11 Indicted on Illegal Gambling, Money Laundering, Bank Fraud Charges

11 Indicted for Illegal Poker and Bank Fraud
11 Indicted for Illegal Poker and Bank Fraud
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Southern District of New York - Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the unsealing of an indictment on April, 15 charging 11 defendants, including the founders of the three largest Internet poker companies doing business in the United States—PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker in connection with bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling offenses.

On October 13, 2006, the United States enacted the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (“UIGEA"), making it a federal crime for gambling businesses to “knowingly accept" most forms of payment “in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful Internet gambling." Despite the passage of UIGEA, the Poker Companies, located offshore, continued operating in the United States.

The 11 defendants charges by the Fed are some of the largest Internet Gaming owners operating in the United States. The following is a list of the Defendants.

Defendant Citizenship Residence Age

ISAI SCHEINBERG Canada Israel Isle of Man 64 (est.)

RAYMOND BITAR United States California Ireland 39

SCOTT TOM United States Costa Rica 31

BRENT BECKLEY United States Costa Rica 31

NELSON BURTNICK Canada Ireland 40

PAUL TATE Unknown Isle of Man Unknown

RYAN LANG Canada Canada 36

BRADLEY FRANZEN United States Cost Rica 41

IRA RUBIN United States Costa Rica 52

CHAD ELIE United States Nevada 31

JOHN CAMPOS United States Utah 57

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