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Fourth Black Friday defendant arrested

Ira Rubin has joined Bradley Franzen, John Campos and Chad Elie after being extradited from Guatemala to the United States.

Thursday 28th April 2011



In the United States, Ira Rubin has joined Bradley Franzen, John Campos and Chad Elie in being arrested under the indictments issued earlier this month in connection with online poker sites PokerStars.com, AbsolutePoker.com and FullTiltPoker.com. According to the Bloomberg news service, Rubin was detained in Guatemala on April 25 before being extradited to Miami, Florida, and appearing before US Magistrate Judge Andrea Simonton. The criminal indictments were issued on April 15, a day that the industry has labelled ‘Black Friday’, and name Isai Scheinberg from PokerStars.com and FullTiltPoker.com’s Raymond Bitar along with Scott Tom and Brent Beckley of AbsolutePoker.com in addition to eight others on charges that they violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 by arranging to receive funds from US-based gamblers disguised as payments to hundreds of non-existent online merchants purporting to sell legal merchandise such as jewellery. The Federal indictments allege that the three online poker operations misled US financial institutions into processing billions of dollars in transactions. Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Janice Fedarcyk, Assistant-Director-In-Charge for the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation claim that Rubin assisted the online poker firms in disguising payments from US-based players as transactions with ‘phony Internet merchants’. He is charged on nine counts including conspiracy to violate UIGEA and three counts of violating UIGEA in connection with PokerStars.com, FullTiltPoker.com and AbsolutePoker.com in addition to three counts of operating an illegal gambling business, conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.




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