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Chad Elie Lawsuit Dismissed By U.S. District Court Judge

Black Friday Payment Processor's Lawsuit Thrown Out Of Court


Chad Elie, one of Black Friday’s convicted online poker payment processors, has had his lawsuit against former attorney Jeff Ifrah dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan. Elie, who filed the lawsuit during his five-month prison sentence, accused his lawyer of malpractice.

Elie claimed that his attorney withheld documents from him that would have made it expressly clear that his actions were illegal and believes that Ifrah was working with the government as an informant against the off-shore online poker sites.

“We can’t speculate why Chad Elie chose to strike out and blame us for his own actions,” said Ifrah in a statement. “We can only speak to the facts. And those facts are clear, unambiguous, and directly contradict Elie’s claims against us. We pride ourselves on our strong, long-term relationships with clients, so when a former client sued us we were extremely shocked and disheartened. However, what was truly confounding and upsetting was how far out of left field and utterly false these claims were."

Elie plead guilty for his part in the Black Friday indictments and initially requested six months of house arrest, two years of probation and community service in lieu of jail time. However, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said Elie was in a sense playing a “catch-me-if-you-can kind of game” with the government that “can’t be overlooked” and that a sentence without jail time would be too lenient.

Elie, who was released from prison last summer and even played in the World Series of Poker main event, believes he unwillingly acted as the scapegoat in the government’s case against the indicted members of the online poker sites.