03/28/2012 : ANOTHER BLACK FRIDAY DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY (Update)
John Campos's plea makes it a clean sweep for the DoJ on individuals it has been able to get its hands on
Late Tuesday the news emerged that John Campos, a defendant in the Department of Justice's Black Friday enforcement actions against online poker operators and their e-processors, has joined the list of those pleading guilty in plea bargain deals with the authorities.
In folding his cards rather than contesting the action in court, Campos gave the DoJ a clean sweep, at least on those defendants that it can physically reach.
Guilty pleas among the 11 defendants indicted included Chad Elie on Monday, and earlier on this year Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Beckley and payment processors Ira Rubin, Ryan Lang, and Bradley Franzen.
Campos's lawyer announced that the former bank executive will plead guilty to a misdemeanor banking charge today (Wednesday). He called it an "excellent resolution" to the case brought against Campos, a former executive at SunFirst Bank in Utah.
The bank allegedly processed money for foreign-based online poker sites PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, both companies the subjects of the DoJ shutdown.
Campos and a co-defendant Elie were scheduled for trial next month.