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Absolute Poker Founder Pleads Guilty To Online Gambling Crime

Scott Tom To Be Sentenced This Fall

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Back in February, the co-founder of Absolute Poker finally returned to the United States to face the years-old charges against him. He will be sentenced in September in New York after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge late last month.

Scott Tom, who had been living overseas, will be sentenced Sept. 28, according to a court document. He admitted to “the interstate transmission of gambling information.”

He had also been accused of money laundering.

“Tom helped Absolute Poker, an unlawful internet gambling business, continue to operate in the United States and accept payments from United States customers without detection by United States law enforcement,” the government said in a court document.

Tom will have to forfeit any ill-gotten gains.

According to the government, Absolute Poker made some $500 million from Americans during its run. About $60 million worth of player money was lost when the site shut down.

Eleven people were charged criminally on Black Friday. Everyone but PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg has faced their respective charges.

In December 2011, just months after Black, Brent Beckley, the other founder of Absolute Poker, pleaded guilty and eventually spent a little over a year in prison.

The government announced in April that Absolute Poker victims can begin the process of receiving their long-lost funds.