• U.S. Goverment Seizes Three Major Online Poker Domains

    15 April 2011

    News in just now being broke that the FBI and the New York US Attorney’s office has unsealed an indictment today charging eleven defendants and seizing the domains of three major online poker sites including PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker.

    According to some poker forums, people see a page that reports that the sites hace been confiscated by the FBI and arrest warrants are in place. Some say they see no such message and the site is working just fine. Though specifics are not yet clear the indictment is for real and it says:

    PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and JANICE FEDARCYK, the Assistant-Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the unsealing of an Indictment today charging eleven defendants, including the founders of the three largest Internet poker companies doing business in the United States – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker (the “Poker Companies”)- with bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling offenses. The United States also filed a civil money laundering and in rem forfeiture complaint (the “Civil Complaint”) against the Poker Companies, their assets, and the assets of several payment processors for the Poker Companies. In addition, restraining orders were issued against more than 75 bank accounts utilized by the Poker Companies and their payment processors, and five Internet domain names used by the Poker Companies to host their illegal poker games were seized.

    You can read the full indictment here: Internet Domain Names Used By The Poker Companies Seized

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