Absolute Poker founder jailed
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Brent Beckley, one of the founders of Absolute Poker, has been jailed for 14-months after admitting conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud. The 32-year-old also pleaded guilty at a Manhattan federal court to breaking American laws relating to online gambling.
According to new agency Reuters, Beckley told Judge Lewis Kaplan, "I fooled myself into thinking that what I was doing was OK.". Judge Kaplan said that he handed down a custodial sentence despite co-operation from Beckley to show “that the government of the United States means business in these types of cases.”
Beckley is the second person connected with Black Friday to be sent to prison. Former banker John Campos was given a three-month sentence for his role in illegal payment processing for poker sites.
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