Feds Quietly Seize $8 Million Online Poker Cash in WashingtonNathan Vardi
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Federal prosecutors in the state of Washington have in recent months quietly moved to seize nearly $8 million from financial outfits that were processing transactions for big online poker companies like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker.
According to four civil forfeiture complaints filed in federal court in Seattle since October, federal prosecutors have moved against cash sitting in accounts at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co. and SunTrust Banks, belonging to payment processor firms like Arrow Checks, Secure Money, Etegrity Processing, Anaya Trading Solutions and Blue Lake Capital Management and Logistics.
The cash grab is the latest move in the Justice Department's battle against online poker and comes after Washington's State Supreme Court in September upheld a 2006 state law that made it a felony to play online poker for money in the state of Washington.