This past Tuesday, Nelson Burtnick, the former payment processing director for Full Tilt, was arrested. Burtnick arrived from Dublin to New Jersey at the same time as the PokerStars and Department of Justice settlement. Burtnick was arrested and then released on $500,000 bond.
According to PokerNews, the Department of Justice has confirmed that Burtnick appeared in court yesterday and pled not guilty to the charges of money laundering and bank fraud that he faces as part of the Full Tilt Poker case. Burtnick was able to post the $500,000 bond and also had to surrender his travel documents. Burtnick must now remain in New Jersey and can travel as far as New York, but is limited to certain areas.
Now only three men are left at large under the current civil indictment involving online poker rooms Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and PokerStars. Scott Tom, the co-founder of Absolute Poker and executives of PokerStars, Paul Tate and Isai Scheinberg have yet to be arrested. Preet Bharara the U.S. Attorney released a press release on the subject and he stated that the three remaining men are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
According to the press release by Bharara:
“Eleven defendants were charged criminally in connection with the original Internet poker indictment, seven of whom have been arrested. The defendants who have been arrested are: Raymond Bitar, Bradley Franzen, Ryan Lang, Ira Rubin, Brent Beckley, Chad Elie, and John Campos. All seven defendants except Bitar have each pled guilty and await sentencing with the exception of Campos, who was sentenced in June 2012 to three months in prison.”
It will be interesting to see if the three remaining defendants are arrested or if they will remain at large. The case seems to be coming to a head and it probably will not be long before the final three come in for the charges they face.
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