Black Friday defendants plea not guilty DOJ responds
Of the 11 people indicted on Black Friday the US Department of Justice has managed to arrest four of the men they named, and two of those men, John Campos and Chad Elie, have already been arraigned and entered not-guilty pleas.
In response to Elie’s and Campos’ assertion that poker is a game of skill and therefore does not fall under UIGEA legislation, the US DOJ Attorney issued a 51-page response outlining why this is incorrect. Forbes.com writer Nathan Vardi (who has been following the Black Friday developments very closely since the outset) outlined the three main reasons the DOJ feels both Elie and Campos (as well as the other indicted individuals on Black Friday) are guilty:
First off, the defendants are not only guilty of violating UIGEA legislation, since they broke numerous other laws in order to skirt the controversial legislations restrictions on monetary transactions to and from online gaming sites. According to Vardi’s article in Forbes everything from shell corporations to falsified payment codes were used, and the DOJ even claimed that Mafioso’s were called in by PokerStars owner Isaia Scheinberg to collect money from Elie at one point.
Secondly, the DOJ is claiming that both Campos and Elie knowingly committed bank fraud, saying that the online poker sites “engaged Elie and Campos, among others, to perform an indispensable service: find ways, by hook or crook, to move money from United States residents, through the United States financial system, to the offshore accounts of the poker companies. They did so in violation of the IGBA (the Illegal Gambling Business Act), the UIGEA and other federal statutes.”
Finally, and perhaps the most troublesome for people who claim that poker DOES NOT fall under UIGEA legislation because it is a game of skill, the DOJ Attorney broke down the language in the bill saying: “the feds claim that Congress did not intend to exclude poker from UIGEA and that if it wanted to do so, lawmakers would have done it in a clearer fashion. Federal prosecutors point out that lawmakers changed the wording of the bill so that it would apply to games “subject to chance” as opposed to “predominantly subject to chance” for this reason.”
If this turns out to be a provable point basically any game with even the most miniscule amount of luck would fall under UIGEA legislation –Backgammon, Bridge, and yes, Poker.
I highly recommend anyone following the Black Friday case to read Vardi’s article (and previous entries on the subject) at Forbes.com.
Tags: Bank Fraud, Black Friday, Business Act, Feds, Gaming Sites, Guilty Pleas, illegal gambling, Indispensable Service, John Campos, Mafioso, Monetary Transactions, Offshore Accounts, Online Poker sites, Page Response, Scheinberg, Shell Corporations, uigea, Us Department Of Justice, Us Doj, Vardi
Leave a Reply
High Stakes News
- • Philipp Gruissem wins another Super High Roller
- • Huge cash game rumored to be taking place at Aria
- • Isildur1 starts fast in PokerStars $1 mil Freezeout
- • High Stakes Poker Games Still In Demand
- • Poker’s best take part in the Million Dollar Cash Game
- • Phil Galfond advocates sweeping changes to online poker
- • Ilari Sahamies is biggest online poker winner in 2011
- • Is Sam Trickett the best poker player in the world?
- • Isildur1 back and crushing the games at PokerStars
RummyRoyal.com giving away a Free $5 to new players
Online Rummy players can take advantage of an exciting new promotion a …
Lock Poker announces new exclusive tournament schedule
The Revolution Gaming Network has overhauled their tournament schedule …
Receive $10 Free from Winner Poker
Winner Poker is now offering new players at the site a free $10 deposi …
New Full Tilt VIP Program targets high-volume players
After recently dropping to #4 in the traffic rankings, according to po …