Absolute Incarceration

It seems crime doesn’t pay. It was recently reported that Brent Beckley, part owner and head of payment processing for the now defunct Absolute Poker, was sentenced to fourteen months in prison in New York, for his role in conspiring to break U.S. laws against gambling on the Internet. Beckley plead guilty to allegations that he deceived banks over the processing of gambling proceeds. In total, he plead guilty to conspiring to break U.S. laws against gambling on the Internet, bank fraud and wire fraud.

U. S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan explained the sentencing as a sign that the U.S. government is serious about the violations of the UIGEA, a law passed in 2006 but not aggressively enforced until nearly five years later. Something tells me Raymond Bitar, head of Full Tilt who recently surrendered to police and plead not guilty, is not sleeping well tonight.

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