The Nightly Turbo: Online Poker Processing Arrest, Senior Citizen Poker Raided, and More
We've got news on an arrest made in an online poker payment processor, senior citizens getting a hard time for playing a little poker and more all in tonight's Nightly Turbo.
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Senior Citizens Poker Raid
A group of elderly poker players in Twin Falls, Idaho, had their game raided recently. Police entered the Twin Falls Senior Center and told the players that their weekly game was illegal and had to end. Close to 20 seniors played in the game for more than five years.
They were under the impression that they weren't doing anything illegal because they donated money to the Center — donating about $400 to $500 monthly. The buy-in was $20 and was usually split among the top chip holders.
"I don’t have many things that I can do,” he said. “I met so many people … I would look for it every week," said Norman Pohl, one of the players in the game who is wheelchair-bound.
Recently however, the Idaho Legislature sent a bill to the governor that would give discretion to authorities to not prosecute all gambling reports. “It is a misdemeanor crime for a prosecutor to fail to prosecute someone who fills out an NCAA tournament bracket. That seems, at best, to be a waste of law enforcement resources," said Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs.
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Man Arrested for Running Illegal Poker Processing Company
Michael Olaf Schuett is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly transferring over $70 million in online poker earnings since 1997. The investigation has led to the uncovering of at least 40 bank accounts where he received and transferred funds to over 23,000 people.
There were a few things that led to the initial investigation. Bank employees alerted the Feds when customers started cashing checks for large amounts from MCM Capital Management, Schuett's company. Also, FedEx employees became suspicious when they noticed a high number of packages being mailed from Schuett's home. “Federal Express employees became suspicious of Schuett’s activity when Schuett began mailing over 150 parcels per week. FedEx employees opened several of the parcels and determined that each contained a check," noted a federal complaint.
He has a network of 424 businesses in Florida that he used as fronts to transfer the money. Schuett, a German citizen, is being held in a Lee County jail while the investigation continues.
OnlinePoker.net has more.