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Sentencing Delayed For Poker Player Who Committed $31 Million Debt Collection Scheme

Travell Thomas' Legal Team Now Has Until Late April

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A professional poker player who was originally scheduled to be sentenced last week over a massive debt collection scheme now has until April.

According to a court document filed this week, Travell Thomas will be sentenced on April 20 over the business that the government said siphoned some $31 million from victims between 2010 and 2015.

Thomas pleaded guilty late last year to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum 20 years in prison.

In the court document, Judge Katherine Polk Failla of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York said “no further extension requests will be
granted.” An earlier extension moved sentencing to March.

A lawyer for Thomas said in the court document that more time was needed to prepare for sentencing because sorting through the civil case against Thomas has taken longer than expected. “Counsel has been in the process of finalizing the financial status of Mr. Thomas which was extremely complicated,” the lawyer wrote.

More time is also needed to obtain a report from an evaluation “by a psychiatrist with respect to a bi-polar diagnosis as well as [Thomas’] gambling issues,” the motion said.