Scott Tom, Co-Founder of Absolute Poker Goes All In with U.S. Government and Pleads Not Guilty
Earlier this week Scott Tom, who reportedly Scott surrendered himself in New York, after being on the run for some time is pleading not guilty. The Absolute Poker Co-Founder was initially charged for illegal online poker services that were offered to US players, charges after the UIGEA 2006 was implemented in the United States.
Investigations were initiated back in 2011 when the US Department of Justice indicted 11 suspects, Tom was one of 11 people indicted on that 15th of April infamously known as “Black Friday” in connection with the U.S. crackdown against online poker companies Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and PokerStars.
Charges included conspiring against a major online poker ban implemented by authorities in the USA. Scott was one of the 11 charged, but he fled to Antigua soon after authorities issued the court order for his arrest and was on the run for the past 6 years.
Scott’s step-brother, Brent Beckley was also one of the 11 charged. Beckley served 14 months in prison for his charges. When charges were first filed, and the suspects made their appearance in court, Scott was arrested, but was released on a half million bond. The bond was set after he pled not guilty. Scott’s lawyer told the news media that his client’s case is almost resolved and his client should get a much lighter punishment than what Beckley received.