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Full Tilt Poker’s Bitar Can Be Released on Bond Judge Rules

Full Tilt Poker’s Bitar Can Be Released on Bond Judge Rules | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it

Full Tilt Poker founder Raymond Bitar and Nelson Burtnick, head of payment processing, were named in a new indictment alleging they defrauded customers to conceal the firm’s cash-poor condition after charges were filed last year.


Prosecutors said that even after Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara unsealed the initial indictment against the two men and nine others in April 2011, Bitar and Burtnick conspired to lie to customers about the security of the funds. The U.S. also filed a related civil suit against the company and other online poker companies as well as payment processors last year.


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Full Tilt Poker CEO Raymond Bitar Facing Prison Term

Full Tilt Poker CEO Raymond Bitar Facing Prison Term | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
If Roman Polanski can remain on the lam for more than 30 years after raping a minor, why would the US Government aggressively pursue someone charged with running an online poker room?


If Roman Polanski can remain on the lam for more than 30 years after raping a minor, why would the US Government aggressively pursue someone charged with running an online poker room?


Raymond Bitar was indicted exactly one year ago for running an online poker site, Full Tilt Poker. Charges include money laundering and bank fraud.


Like Polanski, US authorities have been unable – or quite possibly unwilling – to capture the elusive Bitar. Why should Ray be worried?


After all, US law enforcement has done little to try and go after Polanski despite the occasional media brouhaha. Most would argue Bitar’s alleged criminal offense is substantially less heinous than that for which Polanski was accused back in 1978.


The Director of classics such as “Rosemary’s Baby” and "Tess" was finally arrested two years ago in Switzerland on charges that he had sex with a 13-year-old girl while living in California. The Swiss ultimately refused to extradite Polanski and he was set free.


Think Polanski would have served the remainder of his life behind bars had he been sent back to the US?

He might not have seeen a day in prison as it turns out.


The judge overseeing Polanski’s case back in 1978 recommended a mere 90-day sentence. Today, a similar crime would yield four times the sentence or approximately one year behind bars.


And what about Bitar for running an online poker site, once the second largest in the world, which advertised openly on ESPN?


Rape of a minor, it seems, is nowhere near as serious a crime as running an online poker room.


Bitar is facing a maximum prison time of 75 years!


Oh the humanity!

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