Wednesday June 12,2013 : POKERSTARS CHIEF SIGNS U.S. FORFEITURE SETTLEMENT
Black Friday case resolved without Pokerstars having to admit wrongdoing
Pokerstars-Rational Group chief Mark Scheinberg has had to forfeit $50 million to settle Department of Justice litigation arising from the Black Friday shutdowns ..but the company has not had to admit to wrongdoing.
A Reuters news agency report Wednesday said the forfeiture was connected to a money laundering lawsuit the online poker company settled last year, according to court documents.
Scheinberg had allegedly continued to receive distributions for Pokerstars that were subject to forfeiture, according to an order filed this week in the U.S. District Court in New York.
Scheinberg, who had earlier disputed that the money was subject to forfeiture, agreed to the settlement as he "wishes to fully and finally resolve this matter," the order said.
The settlement is over and above the $731 million Pokerstars paid in July 2012 to settle the money laundering lawsuit, filed a year earlier by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The earlier settlement included $547 million earmarked to reimburse U.S. customers of Full Tilt Poker ahead of that company's acquisition by Pokerstars. US players remain unpaid as the Department of Justice and an outsourced administrator struggle with a refund formula
View the court document here: http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/new-york/nysdce/1:2011cv02564/377900/304/0.pdf?ts=1371042038: