DIRECTOR OF PAYMENT PROCESSING FOR ABSOLUTE POKER PLEADS GUILTY IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO INTERNET GAMBLING AND FRAUD OFFENSES

20 December 2011 – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that BRENT BECKLEY, the director of payment processing for Absolute Poker, pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to engage in unlawful internet gambling and conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud, in connection with a scheme to deceive U.S. banks and financial institutions, using them to process tens of millions of dollars in payments for Absolute Poker.

BECKLEY, a United States citizen who had been residing in Costa Rica, where Absolute Poker is based, returned to the United States voluntarily yesterday in connection with a Superseding Indictment unsealed on April 15, 2011, that charged him and 10 others with crimes relating to the illegal operation of three internet poker companies. BECKLEY pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis.

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